Aussie Matthew Zions one off lead after wet and windy start to 2012 Irish Open

Zions ... 6-under 66
INDIA’S Jeev Milkha Singh and Frenchman Gregory Bourdy led the 2012 Irish Open after the first round at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The pair shot 7-under 65s to hold a one stroke advantage over a chasing pack of six that included Australia’s Matthew Zions, English duo Mark Foster and Andrew Marshall, Sweden’s Oscar Floren, Finland’s Mikko Ilonen and Frenchman Edouard Dubois.

Ireland’s Padraig Harrington was a shot further back on five under with 10 others including Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, Englishman Simon Dyson and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee.

Local hero Rory McIlroy was looking good at four under after 14 holes, but bogeys at 16 and 18 cost him momentum. He finished on 2-under along with Francesco Molinari.

In wet and windy conditions, Northern Ireland’s other favoured sons and recent major winners Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke settled at 1-under tied for 72nd.

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