Date: May 30, 2008

Goggin charges to the top

Australian Mathew Goggin has made a blistering start to the Memorial tournament courtesy of a seven-under-par round of 65 which has given him sole ownership of the lead after the first day. Goggin began the tournament on the back nine at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Ohio and despite a mixed start that saw him register two birdies and a bogey in the first four holes, the 36-year-old nailed six birdies from the remaining 14 holes. “The first 10 holes I played pure,” the Aussie said. It is Goggin&aposs first appearance at the Jack Nicklaus-hosted event, although he was here once before, nine years ago, staying at a house adjacent to the course with Jack&aposs son Gary. “We were going to play the course the next day and I was all fired up,” Goggin recalled. “It was my birthday and we got so drunk.” “We had a big night and I had such a bad hangover we decided to pull the pin (after eight holes) and get out of the sun.” Rod Pampling is the next best Aussie on five-under in a tie for fourth position with American Brett Quigley. Quigley&aposs compatriots Kenny Perry and Jerry Kelly are hot on the heels of Goggin after both hit opening rounds of 66 to be six-under in equal second spot. Perry made an average start to the day and found himself on one-under after completing the front nine but the American kicked into gear thereafter reeling off six consecutive birdies between the 11th and 16th holes – a bogey on the final hole cost him a share of the lead. “That was probably a first for me,” he said of his six-birdie run. “I don&apost know if I&aposve ever done that in my 22 years out here. I&aposm not a guy known for making putts, so to see a lot go in was a great day for me.” “I just kept pouring them in from 20 feet like they were two-footers. I was not thinking about making any of those putts. I was easing them down there and they just kept finding the middle of the hole.” Kelly, who started on the back nine like Goggin, hit birdies on the 11th, 14th and 15th holes and recovered from a hiccup which saw him concede consecutive bogeys on the 16th and 17th to record five birdies from his final 10 holes. Robert Allenby (three-under) and Geoff Ogilvy (three-under) are both tied in 11th position with American Joe Ogilvie. First Round Scores from the Memorial Tournament, Dublin, OH -7: Mathew Goggin (Australia) 65 -6: Kenny Perry 66, Jerry Kelly 66 -5: Brett Quigley 67, Rod Pampling (Australia) 67 -4: Justin Rose 68, Luke Donald 68, Matt Kuchar 68, Nick Watney 68, Carl Pettersson 68 -3: Robert Allenby (Australia) 69, Joe Ogilvie 69, Geoff Ogilivy (Australia) 69 -2: Pat Perez 70, Brian Davis 70, Todd Hamilton 70, Rocco Mediate 70, Nick O Hern (Australia) 71, Steve Lowery 70, John Mallinger 71 Also: -1: John Senden (Australia) 71 E: Stuart Appleby (Australia) 72, Richard Green (Australia) 72, Tim Wilkinson (New Zealand) 72 +1: Jason Day (Australia) 73 +2: Mark Hensby (Australia) 74, Aaron Baddeley (Australia) 74 +3: Nathan Green (Australia) 75 +5: Matt Jones (Australia) 77