Date: December 08, 2007

Norman in good position

Australian sporting legend Greg Norman and his playing partner Bubba Watson are one stroke off the pace at the Merril Lynch Shootout after claiming a seven-under score on the first day of the tournament. Norman, who hosts the tournament, and playing partner Watson carded a seven-under 65 on the first day of the alternate shot format tournament, to be just one stroke behind two all American teams consisting of Woody Austin and Mark Calcavecchia along with Fred Funk and Jeff Sluman. Defending champions Jerry Kelly and his Australian partner Rod Pampling are a further stroke off the pace at six under as Pampling&aposs compatriot Steve Elkington and his playing partner Sctt McCarron find themselves at four-under after the first day. -8 Woody Austin & Mark Calcavecchia, Fred Funk & Jeff Sluman -7 Greg Norman (AUS) & Bubba Watson -6 Jerry Kelly & Rod Pampling (AUS) -4 Chris DiMarco & Camilo Villegas, Brad Faxon & Justin Leonard, Charles Howell III & Nick Price, Anthony Kim & Mark O&aposMeara, Steve Elkington (AUS) & Scott McCarron, Scott Hoch & Kenny Perry -3 Stewart Cink & Zach Johnson -2 Fred Couples & John Daly