NEW ZEALANDER Michael Hendry and Spaniard Alejandro Canizares share a one-stroke lead after the first round of the 2012 ISPS HANDA Perth International was played in near perfect conditions at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club .
Hendry and Canizares were out early, moving to seven under the card after posting 65’s in the morning sunshine. They finished one shot clear of Argentine Emiliano Grillo.
Hendry and Grillo were locked together on six under as the big Kiwi headed to the 18th, where he drained a gem a of a birdie putt for the outright lead.
The 33-year-old’s advantage lasted only minutes, however, as Canizares sunk a birdie of his own on 17 to join Hendry at the top of the leaderboard.
Englishman Paul Casey was the big mover of the afternoon session, with the former world number three moving to five under the card and a share of fourth place, with his compatriot Andrew Johnston.
Casey could have had the lead all to himself, but spurned several birdie chances on the back nine.
Australians Greg Chalmers, Ashley Hall, Max McCardle, Andrew Dodt and Jason Scrivener are a shot further back on four under, where they are joined by Welshman Rhys Davies.
The tournament’s highlighted international participants made a sedate start to the event, with American Bo Van Pelt on 2-under – aided by a monster birdie putt at the ninth – while South African Charl Schwartzel and world number 10 Jason Dufner are a shot further back on one under.
2012 ISPS Handa Perth International LeaderboardISPS Handa Perth International Leaderboard