KIWI PRO WATCH: FOX IN THE HUNT IN PERTH

17/10/2014

Auckland professional Ryan Fox has got off to a blistering start to the Western Australian Open Championship in Perth.

The 27-year-old, who last week advanced to the second stage of qualifying for the Web.Com Tour, carded an eight-under par 64 in round one of the PGA Tour of Australasia event to be in a share of second place.

 

The Muriwai Open Champion made 10 birdies and two bogeys at the Cottesloe Golf Club to be only one shot back from Victorian Steven Jones (63) who set the early pace.

The former New Zealand Stroke Play Champion, who is a two-time winner of the Fiji Open, is looking for his first win on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

Rotorua professional Peter Lee, Gareth Paddison, Ben Campbell and Mathew Perry, the latter two both pre-qualified for the event, were the next best of the Kiwis when they carded rounds of three-under par 69.


Defending Champion Josh Geary was off the pace when he signed for a one-over par 73 to be tied 73rd.

PGA Tour: Wilkinson begins well in Las Vegas

Manawatu professional Tim Wilkinson has got off to a solid start to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on the PGA Tour.

The left hander from Palmerston North opened with a three-under par 68 at the TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas to be in a share of 16th place.

Wilkinson delivered a superb stretch of golf heading through the turn where he made four birdies in a row that set up his good score.

He will begin round two four shots back from American Stewart Cink and Scotland’s Martin Laird who opened with superb rounds of seven-under par 64.

Rotorua professional Danny Lee and Hamilton pro Steven Alker both signed for rounds of one-under par 70 to be in a share of 40th place.

LPGA Tour: Ko six shots back in Korea

World No.3 Lydia Ko has got off to a slow start to the LPGA KEB Hanabank Championship in Korea.

The 17-year-old Kiwi, who is based in Florida, opened with a one-over par 73 at the Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea to be in a share of 28th place.

The LPGA Tour Rookie will begin round two six shots back from South Korean professional Haeji Kang who opened the event with a five-under par 67 to lead by two strokes.

The former New Zealand Women’s Open Champion finished eighth last week in Malaysia and is looking for her third title on the LPGA Tour in 2014 after a dream debut season.

 

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