Date: October 05, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Green and Goggin the pick of the Australians at JT

American Ryan Moore has equalled the course record to take the round-one lead at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open. Moore, who started the tournament on the ninth hole, carded a sensational 10-under-par 61 on Thursday, which included nine birdies and an eagle at the 15th, and came close to registering the magical score of 59. At the 18th, his ball hit the bottom of the flagstick, damaging the cup. The ball rattled off the stick and came to rest some 30 feet away and Moore had to two-putt for par. Moore leads by one stroke ahead of Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge who also had a first round to remember as he recorded a faultless nine-under 62 that comprised of nine birdies. American duo Tim Herron and John Huh are in a tie for third spot on eight under while another pair from the USA in Chris Kirk and Justin Leonard are in a share of fifth position along with Sweden&aposs Jonas Blixt on seven under. Nathan Green and Mathew Goggin are the pick of the Australians in equal 29th after they both carded three-under 68s that each included five birdies and two bogeys. Nick O&aposHern and Jason Day are the next best Aussies on two under (equal 52nd), while Rod Pampling (one under), Gavin Coles (one under), Robert Allenby (one under) and Stuart Appleby (one over) are further behind.