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Four Players Tied at Italian Open

October 26, 2000

IS MOLAS, Sardinia (AP) _ Three players from the British Isles and a Frenchman are atop the leader board at 7-under par after the opening round Thursday in the Italian Open.

England’s Van Phillips, Scotland’s Sam Torrance, Ireland’s Eamonn Darcy and France’s Benoit Teilleria had 65s.

Six players _ Englishmen Ian Poulter and Jeremy Robinson, Steen Tinning of Denmark, Pierre Fulke of Sweden, New Zealand’s Elliot Boult, Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina and Italy’s Emanuele Canonica _ are a stroke back in the $830,000 tournament.

Lee Westwood, the European tour’s money leader, was one of 11 players to card 67s.

Among other notables to finish under par on the 6,980-yard course were Ian Woosnam of Wales at 69, and Italian Costantino Rocca, who shot a 70.

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