Date: October 05, 2007

Parnevik comes good in Texas

Jesper Parnevik overcame an opening bogey to shoot a career best nine-under-par 61 at LaCantera Golf Course on Thursday to open up a four stroke lead at the Texas Open, while Australian Gavin Coles is five strokes off the pace. Starting on the back nine, Parnevik bogeyed the 10th but quickly responded with a birdie at the 11th before carding five more to reach the turn at five-under-par. Parnevik, looking for his first PGA Tour victory since the 2001 Honda Classic, added five more on the front nine, including back-to-back birdies to finish his round. “I putted well all day. I hit two great shots into 10 but came up short and didn&apost get it up and down and started with a bogey,” said Parnevik. “But normally that&aposs when the panic sets in a little bit, and you think you&aposre going to have a really lousy day. I felt good about the game, good about the putter and I made birdie on the next hole and that was it.” Robert Gamez, Justin Leonard, Mathias Gronberg, Bob Tway, Matt Hendrix, Neal Lancaster, Shigeki Maruyama, Daniel Chopra, Richard S. Johnson and Dan Forsman are all tied for second at five-under 65. Coles, though, was the best of the Australian contingent, posting five birdies and a bogey in a solid four-under 66 to be two-strokes ahead of his nearest compatriots in Jarrod Lyle and Michael Sim. Lyle (68) had a particularly uneven round, recording three birdies and two bogeys going out, before picking up another stroke on the return. Sim, meanwhile, picked up two shots going out but could not add to this advantage on the back nine and had to settle for 68. One stroke further back are Australians Matthew Goggin and Andrew Buckle while Paul Gow carded an even par round on the first day. New Zealand&aposs Craig Perks (71), meanwhile, is further back at one over, one-stroke ahead of compatriot Phil Tataurangi (72), who is alongside Aussie Nick Flanagan (72), while Mark Hensby (73) and Kiwi Grant Waite (74) almost seem out of contention. First Round of the Valero Texas Open: -9 Jesper Parnevik 61 -5 Robert Gamez 65, Justin Leonard 65, Mathias Gronberg 65, Bob Tway 65, Matt Hendrix 65, Neal Lancaster 65, Shigeki Maruyama 65, Daniel Chopra 65, Richard S Johnson 65, Dan Forsman 65 -4 Bart Bryant 66, Chad Campbell 66, Tom Byrum 66, Tripp Isenhour 66, Marco Dawson 66, Fredrik Jacobson 66, Bob Heintz 66, Corey Pavin 66, Chris Riley 66, Bubba Dickerson, Gavin Coles (Australia) 66 also: -2 Jarrod Lyle (Australia) 68, Michael Sim (Australia) 68 -1 Matthew Goggin (Australia) 69, Andrew Buckle (Australia) 69 E Paul Gow (Australia) 70 +1 Craig Perks (New Zealand) 71 +2 Phil Tataurangi (New Zealand) 72, Nick Flanagan (Australia) 72 +3 Mark Hensby (Australia) 73 +4 Grant Waite (New Zealand) 74