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Woods, Stewart get off to hot starts at Disney

Tiger Woods is the defending champion. Payne Stewart has the home-course advantage. Both of them could be headed for another showdown at the Disney Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

A year ago, Woods outdueled Stewart for the final 18 holes and finished with a 1-stroke victory. They picked up where they left off in the first round, although they were paired with three amateurs and separated by four groups Thursday.Stewart eagled the first hole and finished with an 8-under-par 64, good for a 1-stroke lead over David Duval and Frank Lickliter.

Woods birdied the last two holes on the Palm Course to complete a 6-under 66, matching his best first round in relation to par. He shot a 6-under 64 at the Nelson Classic in May.

"I played well," Stewart said. "I had some opportunities that I didn't make. Hopefully, I'll have that chance again this year. That's all I can ask - a chance to win the golf tournament."

Thursday was Woods' first competitive round since he managed only a 1-3-1 record in the Ryder Cup, including a loss to Costantino Rocca on Sunday when the Americans came up one point short of regaining the cup.

Dunhill Cup

At St. Andrews, Scotland, after playing 12 holes in increasing pain, Nick Price pulled out of his Dunhill Cup match with a chest muscle injury Friday.

Level with Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez at 1-under, the Zimbabwean captain told his opponent and tournament officials he could no longer carry on and walked off to get treatment so he might return to action Saturday.

LPGA World Championship

At Seoul, South Korea, Helen Alfredsson and Chris Johnson tied first-round leaders Juli Inkster and Karrie Webb for second-round honors at 141 today at the LPGA World Championship of Women's Golf.

Most players were affected by strong winds that gusted across the hilly, 6,395-yard, par-72 Lakeside Country Club West Course. Only seven of the 16 players shot under par.

Sweden's Alfredsson shot a 71 and credited her iron shots, which found their marks though the tricky winds.