Michael Campbell has fired a two under par 70 at the BMW International Open to be in a share of 52ndplace in Cologne, Germany.
The former US Open champion, who missed the cut last week with rounds of 79 and 74 at The Olympic Club, began on the 10thtee and was fast out of the blocks with three birdies in the opening five holes.
He dropped three shots either side of the turn and then added two more birdies to get back to two under for the round. Campbell finished six shots back from Australian Marcus Fraser and Paraguayan Fabrizio Zanotti who opened with superb rounds of eight under 64.
The eight-time winner on the European Tour, who is currently 266thon the Race to Dubai Standings, is looking to make his second cut for 2012 from 11 events. His best performance for the season so far is a tie for 63rdat the Malaysian Open in April.
Across the Atlantic, New Zealand No.1 Danny Lee is middle of the pack after round one of the Travelers Championship in Connecticut on the PGA Tour.
The former US Amateur Champion carded a one under par 71 at the TPC River Highlands to be in a share of 43rdplace.
The 21-year-old, who began on the 10thtee, made two birdies, a bogey and a double bogey going out to be one over. He bounced back with three birdies and a bogey coming home to finish at one under.
Lee will begin round two six shots back from American David Mathis who carded a six under par 64.
Meantime on the Nationwide Tour, Manawatu professional Tim Wilkinson has fired a three under par 68 at the Wichita Open in Kansas to be in a share of 33rdplace.
The former PGA Tour pro, who is currently 43rdon the Nationwide Order of Merit, made five birdies and two bogeys at the Crestview Country Club to be six shots back from American leader Casey Wittenberg (63).
Hamilton professional Steven Alker, who is 51ston the Money List, shot a one under par 70 to be tied 78thand is in need of a sub-par round tomorrow to make the weekend.
The pair needs to finish inside the top 25 on the Nationwide Order of Merit to automatically qualify for the PGA Tour in 2013.
On the Japan Golf Tour, Auckland pro Richard Lee has carded a one under par 71 to be tied 29that the Gate Way To The Open Mizuno Open.
Lee is four shots back from a group of five players who lead after carding rounds of five under par 67.
David Smail, whose best finish in 2012 was a tie for 20that the Tsuruya Open, had a one over par 73 in round one to be tied 60th.
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