Date: November 07, 2008

Leishman starts well

Aussie Marc Leishman is in a tie for fifth place after the opening round of the Nationwide Tour Championship in Texas. Leishman shot the most birdies on the day with eight, but four bogeys left him at four-under par, three strokes behind leader Darron Stiles. The American had a bogey-free round on his way to seven-under par to hold a one shot lead over Jeff Klauk, with Garrett Osborn and Spencer Leven a further stroke back in third. Gavin Coles made an impressive start to be at three-under par, while Greg Chalmers and Jarrod Lyle are also in with a chance at two-under. Aron Price is at one-under, but Won Joon Lee (even-par) and Ewan Porter (+2) will have to improve if they are to challenge the leaders come the weekend. Nationwide Tour Championship, Texas Results Round 1 (Par 71) -7: Darron Stiles 64 -6: Jeff Klauk 65 -5: Garrett Osborn 66, Spencer Levin 66 -4: Bryce Molder 67 Marc Leishman (Australia) 67, Colt Knost 67, Bill Lunde 67 -3: Gavin Coles (Australia) 68, Bryan DeCorso 68, Matt Every 68, Hunter Haas 68, Peter Tomasulo 68, Matt Bettencourt 68, Rick Price 68, Greg Owen 68 -2: D.J. Brigman 69, Ryan Hietala 69, Ricky Barnes 69, Greg Chalmers (Australia) 69, Scott Piercy 69, Jarrod Lyle (Australia) 69, Brendon de Jonge 69 Also: -1: Aron Price (Australia) 70 E: Won Joon Lee (Australia) 71 +2: Ewan Porter (Australia) 73