Senden leads after one in Sydney

  • Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012 12:12 a.m.
Australia's John Senden tees off on the 6th hole during the Australian Open golf tournament in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Australia's John Senden tees off on the 6th hole during the Australian Open golf tournament in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

SYDNEY — Australia’s John Senden shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday in calm morning conditions at The Lakes to take a two-stroke lead in the Australian Open.

Englishman Justin Rose was second along with Australians Kim Felton, Brendan Jones and Richard Green and New Zealand’s Gareth Paddison.

Adam Scott opened with a 72. After practicing with a traditional putter during the week, the Australian used his usual broom-handle model that he anchors to his chest – a technique expected to be banned in 2016.

Tom Watson, playing his first start in the event since winning in 1984, had a 78 in windy afternoon conditions, and 14-year-old Chinese amateur Guan Tianling opened with an 82.

Schwartzel takes early lead in Thailand

CHON BURI, Thailand — South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Thailand Golf Championship.

Winless since the 2011 Masters, Schwartzel had seven birdies in a bogey-free round at Amata Spring.

Thailand’s Thitiphun Chuayprakong was second. Masters champion Bubba Watson opened with a 68, and defending champion Lee Westwood had a 70.

Feng leads by four strokes in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — China’s Shanshan Feng opened a four-stroke lead in the Dubai Ladies Masters, shooting a 7-under 65 in the second round.

Feng, the LPGA Championship winner in June, had a 13-under 131 total at Emirates Golf Club. England’s Felicity Johnson was second after a 67, and American Cindy Lacrosse had a 69 to top the group at 8 under in the Ladies European Tour’s season-ending event.

Defending champion Lexi Thompson was 7 under after a 68. Michelle Wie has 1 under after a 73.

Rain delays start of Mandela tournament

DURBAN, South Africa — Rain washed out Thursday’s play in the inaugural Nelson Mandela Championship. The event opens the 2013 European Tour season and also is sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour.

The tournament will start today, weather permitting.

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