Date: May 18, 2007

Green, Zions in touch

Richard Green and Matthew Zions are the best-placed Australians after the first round of the Irish Open, with both players carding one-under rounds of 71. Simon Dyson, Peter Gustasson, Peter Hanson and Andres Romero are all in a share of the lead after shooting four-under rounds of 68 on day one. Green started poorly, going to the turn at one over after three bogies and two birdies. But the Aussie recovered with a blemish-free back nine, picking up strokes at 11 and 15 to stay in touch with the leaders. Zions turned in consistent performance, which could have been a lot better if not for one horror hole. The Aussie registered a triple-bogie on the par four eighth and managed to pick up just one stroke on the back nine with two birdies and a bogie. Terry price had a disastrous opener hacking his way to a dismal 83 – 11 over the card. Price hit a staggering six bogies, two double-bogies and a triple bogie on the par five seventh all but ensuring an early exit. Results from round one of the Irish Open: -4: Simon Dyson 68, Peter Gustasson 68, Peter Hanson 68, Andres Romero 68 -3: James Kingston 69, Christian L Nilsson 69, Louis Oosthuizen 69 -2: Alexandre Rocha 70, Simon Wakefield 70 -1: Joakim Backstrom 71, Richard Green (Australia) 71, Simon Khan 71, Francesco Molinari 71, Richard Sterne 71, Lee Westwood 71, Matthew Zions (Australia) 71 also: 2: Marcus Fraser (Australia) 74 5: Peter O&aposMalley (Australia) 77 6: Wade Ormsby (Australia) 78, Andrew Tampion (Australia) 78 7: Matthew Millar (Australia) 79 8: Brett Rumford (Australia) 80 11: Terry Price (Australia) 83