Wade and Olesen take early lead at 2014 Perth International

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1st round joint leader John Wade reckons he's spent more time recently selling Gatorade than playing professional golf. Photo: SMP Images
1st round joint leader John Wade reckons he’s spent more time recently selling Gatorade than playing professional golf. Photo: SMP Images

AUSSIE journeyman golfer John Wade and European Tour star Thorbjorn Olesen held the overnight first round lead at the 2014 ISPS HANDA Perth International at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

The 46 year old Wade, who said he’d been selling more Gatorade in the pro shop than playing golf recently, set an early cracking pace with a course record 8-under 64 in the morning session.

Playing in the morning field, Victorian John Wade set a cracking pace early firing a course record 8-under 64.

“It feels a bit weird actually. I certainly haven’t been top of the leaderboard for a hell of a long time,” said Wade, who is Assistant PGA Professional at Perth’s Commonwealth Golf Club.

“I was just proud that I didn’t let it go after I was 6 under (at the turn), which is really annoying for most guys.”

“And someone in my situation, you’re probably half expecting that to happen.”

Wade may not be a famous name but he has had his share of highlights including a win on the European Challenge Tour in 2006 and most recently competing at The Open Championship in 2013.

“I played a British Open at Muirfield with no golf, and that’s pretty scary. I got through qualifying and had to really man up in front of a pretty intense environment,” said Wade who also Monday qualified for the ISPS HANDA Perth International.

“So I felt today at least, even though it was a long time ago, it was over 12 months ago, I can draw on some of that stuff.”

Matching Wade’s course record round was Thorbjorn Olesen from Denmark who teed off in the afternoon field.

“I played really, really well the front nine. I gave myself a lot of chances there,” said Olesen.

“Especially my short game was amazing out there. My chipping and bunker shots were really, really good. So I’m very pleased.”

Playing in the marquee group with fellow European young gun Victor Dubuisson and PGA TOUR winner Geoff Ogilvy, Olesen was bogey-free and full of confidence.

“I haven’t played as well as I wanted to this year, so it was nice to get in one of the good groups,” added Olesen who splits his time between the European Tour and US PGA TOUR.

“I think it just gave me a little boost in confidence before I went out there.”

Enjoying Lake Karrinyup, Olesen was proud to hold a share of the record on the challenging layout.

“I think it’s a great golf course. The greens are perfect. Layout is great. So I was really happy to play well,” added Olesen.

Sitting two shots behind the leaders are Michael Sim (AUS), Peter Whiteford (SCO), Shiwan Kim (KOR), and Tom Lewis (ENG.)

Rounding out the top-10 on 5-under 67 are Brett Rumford (AUS), David Drysdale (SCO), Mark Foster (ENG), Matthew Griffin (AUS), Julien Quesne (FRA), Magnus Carlsson (SWE) and Jason Scrivener (Aus).

The second round will tee off at 6.20am with Thorbjorn Olesen on course at 6.30am and John Wade on course at 12.50pm.

Live coverage of the second round on the Seven Network (7Two) begins at 1pm (AEST).

Star import Jason Dufner shot a 2-under 70 to be tied 38th. Not bad for his first professional round in a couple of months. PHOTO SMP IMAGES.COM/IMG MEDIA
Star import Jason Dufner shot a 2-under 70 to be tied 38th. Not bad for his first professional round in a couple of months. PHOTO SMP IMAGES.COM/IMG MEDIA

TV Times

Live Coverage over four days on the seven Network.

1st & 2nd Rounds: Thursday and Friday 7Two, 1pm – 6.30pm (AEDT)
3rd & Final Rounds: Saturday and Sunday 7Mate, 1pm – 6pm (AEDT)

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