Date: August 28, 2009
Author: Sportal and PA Sport

Aussies start well

Australians Robert Allenby and Rod Pampling are both three shots off the pace after the first round of The Barclays at Liberty National. Allenby started off in style carding three birdies and an eagle in his opening 12 holes before stumbling with bogeys on the 13th and 18th to drop off outright leader, Spaniard Sergio Garcia. Allenby s compatriot Pampling had an even better start on the back nine with three birdies in a row on the 11th,12th and 13th holes before dropping two shots on the run home to finish the day at minus three. Jason Day is a further two strokes back on minus one while James Nitties and Nathan Green finished their day even. Garcia secured his place in the 120-man field with a fourth-place finish at last week&aposs Wyndham Championship – and he carried that form into today&aposs round, shooting seven birdies and bogeying only the final hole as he settled for a six-under round of 65. That was matched by American duo Paul Goydos and Steve Marino, with four players one shot back on five under. “Overall, it was a good, solid day,” said Garcia. “It&aposs the kind of course that, if you play well, you can shoot a score – with the greens being a little soft like they are. “But at the same time, if you&aposre a little bit off, you can struggle a little bit. I managed to hit the ball well today, drove the ball nicely, hit a lot of good iron shots and made a couple of birdies here and there.” Webb Simpson, Frederik Jacobson, Heath Slocum and Charley Hoffman all recorded 66s – while Padraig Harrington continued his good run of form with a four-under, bogey-free 67. England&aposs Ian Poulter also had to settle for a 67 after bogeying the 18th, with David Toms on the same mark. Harrington said: “I&aposm thrilled with it. I know that it&aposs not leading the tournament or whatever – but before you head out on this golf course, you don&apost know what you&aposre going to shoot. ” “It really is a testing, intimidating golf course – and to break 70… if I can continue that this week, I&aposll be a very happy man.” Tiger Woods struggled off the tee and was left frustrated after shooting only a one-under 70. The world number one managed only two birdies but believes he is still well in contention. “As of right now, only six under is leading – so I&aposm sure it will be a little bit tougher, with the wind and the weather coming in. We&aposll see what happens,” he said. Phil Mickelson also shot a 70 – while English trio Brian Davis, Luke Donald and Justin Rose are tied for 73rd after two-over rounds of 73.