Former US Open champion Michael Campbell  has shot a one over par 73 in round one of the Irish Open at Royal Portrush to be in a share of 116thplace.



The Irish Open champion of 2003, who last week finished tied 60that the BMW International in Germany for his best result of the year, had a double bogey, bogey and two birdies for his 73 on a day of hot scoring in the wind and the rain.


Cambo will begin round two eight shots back from the leaders Jeev Milkha Singh (India) and Grégory Bourdy (France) who opened with superb rounds of seven under par 65 at the first Irish Open in Northern Ireland since 1953.


Singh was impressed by the huge number of fans who braved the elements to see the return of the Irish Open to the north.


"The atmosphere and the feel to the golf course is fantastic," said the 40 year old Singh. "When you have so many people cheering and watching you I think you feel great."


Meantime on the PGA Tour, New Zealand No.1 Danny Lee has got off to a poor start to the A T & T National at the Congressional Country Club in Maryland.


The 21-year-old, who is 148thon the Fed Ex Cup Standings, opened with a seven over par 78 to be in a share of 108thplace on a day of tough scoring.


Lee, who made seven bogeys in a birdie free round, will begin round two 11 shots back from the leader American Bo Van Pelt who opened with a four under par 67.


On the Nationwide Tour Manawatu professional Tim Wilkinson shot a one under par 71 at the United Leasing Championship to be in a share of 33rd place after round one.


The former PGA Tour player, who is currently 45thon the Nationwide Order of Merit, had an eagle, seven birdies, two bogeys and three double bogeys at the Victoria National Golf Club.


He is six shots back from American Omar Uresti who opened with a seven under par 65.






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