Gates, Buckle shoot 64s at Aus­tralian PGA

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

COOLUM: Amer­i­can Bobby Gates over­came an Aus­tralian wildlife ex­pe­ri­ence to shoot an 8-un­der 64 on Thurs­day for a share of the first-round lead in the Aus­tralian PGA.

Gates, tied with Aus­tralian An­drew Buckle, birdied the fi­nal two holes - hol­ing a 45footer on No. 18.

On the par-3 14th, Gates had to wait while course mar­shals scared away a kan­ga­roo near the front of the tee. Af­ter the de­lay, Gates pulled his tee shot into the wa­ter and made a bo­gey. He blamed shift­ing wind rather than the mis­placed mar­su­pial for the er­rant shot.

China's Liang Wen­chong, 1983 Aus­tralian Open win­ner Peter Fowler and Steve Bowditch, who grew up a few miles from the course, shot 66s. Geoff Ogilvy, the Aus­tralian Open win­ner last week in Syd­ney, shot a 70, de­fend­ing cham­pion Robert Al­lenby had a 70 and Amer­i­can John Daly opened with a 71.

Adam Scott had a rough start, shoot­ing a quadru­ple­bo­gey 8 on the 13th af­ter be­gin­ning his round on the 10th. He put two balls in the wa­ter on the pond-lined hole and shot 40 on the back nine en route to a 73.

"I sal­vaged some­thing out of a pretty or­di­nary 13th hole," Scott said.

"I hooked it in the wa­ter and then dropped it into a bad lie on a down slope, and then hit it fat into the wa­ter." -Ap

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