QUEENSLANDER Jeff Woodland finished with three straight birdies to snatch the overnight lead after the first round of the 2010 Fiducian Legends PGA Championship at a picture-perfect Killara Golf Club today.
Woodland produced a standout 5 under round including six birdies to deny Jamaica’s Delroy Cambridge, who held the lead for most of the day after recording a four-under par round of 68.
Delroy, who plays on the European Senior’s Tour, finished one behind Woodland and one in front of a trio of golfers on 3 under including Sydney’s George Serhan, Lyndsay Stephen (WA) and leading Australian European Seniors Tour Player Michael Harwood.
Perennial favourite Rodger Davis was alone in sixth place with I under the card.
Past winner David Merriman (pictured below) was on 2 over after three bogeys to a solitary birdie but was reasonably happy with his first round performance.
He only arrived in Sydney at 10.30 on Wednesday night after a long flight from Spain but wasn’t blaming his showing on jet lag.
“I didn’t make enough birdies today and was a little bit patchy but just getting off a 25 hour flight last night probably didn’t help,” he said after recording a 74.
“But I can’t use that as an excuse. I putted okay, I played okay, but I just didn’t do anything.”
Merriman was full of praise for the Killara course.
“It’s a great golf course, it has always been a good course. I like these old style courses, with a lot of modern courses they just make them brutally long, 500 yard par fours and this sort of stuff.
“I like the fact that when you play golf you use every club in the bag. That to me is what golf is all about.
“When you play your little three wood wedge holes and then you have got your longish holes where you might be hitting a three iron into the green, you’ve got your tight holes and then you’ve got your reasonably open holes.
“I think that is what golf is all about, you’ve got to move the ball right and left on different holes, attack holes differently.
“I think that’s what’s gone out of golf, modern golf these days you’ve got to be a long, good driver and a good putter and that’s about it. You hit the ball 330 yards off the tee and putt great and that’s pretty much all you’ve got to do and I think that is a shame.”
Merriman was basking in the warm conditions at Killara and was confident of bouncing back in the second round, which begins at 7.30am Friday.
“The Aussie weather, I love it,” he said.
After the completion of the second round of the Fiducian Legends Australian PGA Seniors Championship the field will be cut to the leading 60 professionals plus ties and leading amateurs.
Killara Golf Club is open to visitors free of charge each day to follow many of the legends of Australian Golf pulling out their full bags of tricks.