Date: November 02, 2007

Sim endures poor start

Australian Michael Sim has made a poor start to the Children&aposs Miracle Network Classic, as American J.P. Hayes leads the field after the first round at Lake Buena Vista in Florida. Sim, though, effectively needs a top 10 result in this final tournament of 2007 to climb from 162 on the money list into the top 150 as 125-150 on that list earns a player their provisional place on the PGA Tour for next season, with the top 125 immediately going through. With so much to play for, Sim struggled at the Palm Golf Club, one of two venues for the tournament, carding a one-under 71 to be six strokes adrift of first round leader Hayes. It&aposs been a big week for Sim, though. Having made the top 10 at the Ginn sur Mer Classic he has risen from the 180s and is now in contention of provisionally holding onto his card if the pressure does not get to him. An outstanding back nine that include five birdies, though, helped first-day leader Hayes – who played his round at the tournament&aposs second venue, the Magnolia Golf Club – to card a seven-under 65 that sees him one stroke ahead of Cameron Beckman, Scott Verplank and Ryuji Amada. It was not a bad round for the Australasian contingent, though, as Matthew Goggin (101 on money list) carded a four-under 68 to be just three strokes off the pace. Jarrod Lyle (165) also needs a big finish to the Tour to secure a provisional place in 2008 and he started well with a three-under 69. Further down the leaderboard, New Zealander Craig Perks is three strokes behind Lyle having posted a one-under 71, to be alongside Gavin Coles (145), who is struggling to hang onto his provisional card. Andrew Buckle (143) posted a one-over 73 to be one stroke ahead of Paul Gow (181) as Robert Allenby&aposs run of poor form continued. Allenby missed the cut at last weekend&aposs Ginn sur Mer and has started poorly again this time around, posting a two-over 74 as well. However, at 26 on the money list, Allenby is secure in the knowledge that he is playing in the tour next season. First round of the Children&aposs Miracle Network Classic: -7 JP Hayes 65 -6 Cameron Beckman 66, Scott Verplank 66, Ryuji Imada 66 -5 Dicky Pride 67, Tim Clark 67, Vaughn Taylor 67, Tag Ridings 67, Justin Leonard 67, Woody Austin 67, Jeff Overton 67, Jason Schultz 67 -4 Robert Garrigus 68, Steve Marino 68, Nick Watney 68, Sean O&aposHair 68, Joe Durant 68, Carl Pettersson 68, John Mallinger 68, Rich Barcelo 68, Parker McLachlin 68, Heath Slocum 68, Lucas Glover 68, Tim Petrovic 68, Bryce Molder 68 Mathew Goggin (Australia) 68 also: -3 Jarrod Lyle (Australia) 69 -1 Craig Perks (New Zealand) 71, Gavin Coles (Australia) 71, Michael Sim (Australia) 71 +1 Andrew Buckle (Australia) 73 +2 Paul Gow (Australia) 74, Robert Allenby (Australia) 74