DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) -- Jack Nicklaus always envisioned the Memorial as a northern version of the Masters, from the superb course conditions to super slick greens, from caddies wearing white coveralls to immaculate grounds. He got his wish Thursday, at least with the greens.

Mathew Goggin spent as little time on them as possible, taking only nine putts over his final nine holes on his way to a 7-under 65 and a one-shot lead over Jerry Kelly and two-time Memorial champion Kenny Perry.

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Goggin holed out a bunker shot for birdie on the par-3 fourth, then ended his round with a 12-footer for par from off the green, giving him only 22 putts for his round.

Ginn Tribute

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- Annika Sorenstam's name is everywhere at the Ginn Tribute except near the top of the leaderboard after Thursday's opening round.

Sorenstam's even-par 72 left her seven shots behind co-leaders Karrie Webb and In-Kyung Kim, and tied for 60th at RiverTowne Country Club.

Sophie Gustafson was third at 66. U.S. Open winner Cristie Kerr led a group of seven another stroke back at 67.

Wales Open

NEWPORT, Wales -- Scott Strange made five straight birdies and shot an 8-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead over Edoardo Molinari in the first round.

The Australian began his round at the 11th and his birdie run from the 14th gave him a nine-hole score of 7-under 28.

Molinari, an Italian who won the 2005 U.S. Amateur title, shot seven birdies for his 64.