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A SLEEPY SLUMAN TAKES B.C. OPEN LEAD

Jeff Sluman, shrugging off a cold and a sleepless night, ran off five straight birdies Thursday in shooting an 8-under-par 63 on Thursday for a one-stroke lead over three players after the first round of the B.C. Open.

"My morning was the longest night," Sluman said after coming within one stroke of the course record on the par-71 En-Joie Golf Club course."I was up all night with a cold. The last time I looked at the clock, it was 4:14 a.m.," said Sluman, who teed off at 7:30 a.m. in the first group.

Glen Day, John Flannery and Joel Edwards each shot 64s, all playing in the morning.

This year's purse was increased to $900,000.

In Kent, Wash., Annika Sorenstam, a rookie who had to win a qualifying tournament to join the field, shot a 5-under-par 67 for the first-round lead in the $500,000 LPGA Safeco Classic.

She holds a one-stroke lead over Michelle Estill, Chris Johnson and Sally Little.