Date: October 18, 2012
Author: Greig Johnston at Karrinyup, Omnisport

Hendry, Canizares share Perth lead

New Zealand&aposs Michael Hendry and Spaniard Alejandro Canizares share a one-stroke lead after the first round of the ISPS Handa Perth International. Both Hendry and Canizares enjoyed perfect playing conditions during the morning at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club as they moved to seven under the card, one shot clear of Argentine Emiliano Grillo. Hendry and Grillo were locked together on six under as the big Kiwi headed to the 18th, where he drained a gem a of a birdie putt for the outright lead. The 33-year-old&aposs advantage lasted only minutes, however, as Canizares sunk a birdie of his own on 17 to join Hendry at the top of the leaderboard. Englishman Paul Casey was the big mover of the afternoon session, with the former world number three moving to five under the card and a share of fourth place, with his compatriot Andrew Johnston. Casey could have had the lead all to himself, but spurned several birdie chances on the back nine. Australians Greg Chalmers, Ashley Hall, Max McCardle, Andrew Dodt and Jason Scrivener are a shot further back on four under, where they are joined by Welshman Rhys Davies. The big guns made a sedate start to proceedings, with American Bo Van Pelt on two under – aided by a monster birdie putt at the ninth – while South African Charl Schwartzel and world number 10 Jason Dufner are a shot further back on one under.