Date: August 16, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Australians start well at Wyndham

Chris Stroud and Ross Fisher share the lead after the opening round of the PGA Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina. The duo both struck an opening round 64 to be six under and lead by one stroke from eight players including Australia&aposs Matt Jones, Spaniard Sergio Garcia and America&aposs Jordan Spieth. American Stroud, who like England&aposs Fisher, started on the back nine, quietly picked up three birdies before adding another five on the front half of the course with bogeys on the second and the eighth holes his only blemishes. Fisher&aposs round was highlighted by a superb eagle on the par-five fifth as the Englishman holed four more birdies to complete a consistent bogey-free day. Alongside Jones, Garcia and Spieth, in a tie for third at five under, were American quartet Robert Garrigus, Andrew Svoboda, Morgan Hoffman and Patrick Reed, while South Africa&aposs Trevor Immelman joined them despite an untimely bogey on the 15th. Svoboda was in a position to challenge for the outright lead, sitting at five under after nine holes, before a double bogey on the 14th set him back before two birdies in the last four holes kept him in touch with the leaders. It was a good day for Australia with Jones among several players in the hunt. John Senden and Stuart Appleby are both four under, while fellow Aussies Geoff Ogilvy, Scott Gardiner and Alistair Presnell are all three under and still well in contention. Nick O&aposHern and Cameron Percy both carded two-under rounds with Greg Chalmers finishing one clear of par. Several big names are just off the pace including Zach Johnson, while Bill Haas and Brandt Snedeker are both further behind at one under. Irish star Padraig Harrington endured a nightmare round of three over, which included five bogeys, while South Africa&aposs Ernie Els only fared slightly better at one over.