User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Fowler takes lead at Australian PGA

New Sportsbook.com customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

   

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) - Ricky Fowler had six birdies over his last eight holes en route to an 8-under-par 63 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Australian PGA.

Advertisement
Fowler's round took some of the attention from Adam Scott's first tournament back home since becoming the first Masters champion from Australia. Scott was two strokes back after shooting a 65 playing in the afternoon groups affected by gusty winds at Royal Pines.

Scott was tied with fellow Australians Matthew Ballard and David McKenzie.

Nathan Green shot 66 and was alone in fifth spot, a stroke better than Australian compatriot Jason Norris and South Korea's Kwon Sung-yeol, who shot 67s and were equal sixth. Richard Lee of Canada was in a large group tied for eighth with 68s.

Fowler started at the 10th and opened with five pars before making birdie on two of the next four holes before the turn.

''It was a good solid start,'' the American said. ''A little bit slow on my front nine, but I just stayed patient and finally got a few things to go, made a couple of good up and downs.''

Fowler said although the conditions were conducive to good scoring on Thursday morning, the situation could easily change. And it did.

''If the wind picks up this afternoon, like it started to pick up the last few holes, the course will dry out a bit and they'll play a little bit tougher, ''Fowler said. ''So tomorrow afternoon it's going to be a little bit different course than I saw this morning.''

Scott is making his first tournament appearance back home since winning the U.S. Masters in April, the first Australian to do so.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Daly: Paulina Gretzky and Golf Digest
Kuchar chips in for RBC Heritage win
Westwood wins Malaysian Open
Youngest winner on Japan women's tour
Jimenez leads by one at Greater Gwinnett
Wie wins LPGA LOTTE Championship
Larrazabal jumps in water to avoid hornets
Fieger wins Senior PGA Professional
Jason Day out 3 weeks with injury
MORE HEADLINES
 
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!