Harwood shines despite Valhalla storms

Mike HarwoodSEVERE storms have disrupted the first round of the 72nd US Senior PGA Championship in Kentucky where Japan’s Kiyoshi Murota fired a 6-under 66 to take the early lead.

Overnight rain delayed the scheduled start at the Valhalla Golf Club by an hour and a half and there was another delay of over three hours at noon.

In all, only 78 players completed the first round before it was called due to darkness at 8:45 p.m local time.

In the soppy conditions Murota managed a blemish free six birdie round while Americans Trevor Dodds (67) and Mark O’Meara (68) were in second and third place respectively.

Defending champion Tom Lehman was 2 over through nine holes when his day was cut short.

Mike Harwood was doing the best of he Australians, sitting at 1-under through 11 holes. The big Victorian mixed two birdies with a bogey.

Peter Fowler was on even after 9 holes and will be hoping predictions of dry weather for the rest of the tournament are correct.

Peter Senior was one of those who had a long delay in the middle of his round and finished the day 1-over on 73.

Senior started the day with a bogey on the par 4 first then hit straight back with a birdie on the par 5 second. He followed a similar format on holes 6 and 7 and then held it together till an unfortunate bogey on the par 4 seventeenth.

In his first Champions Tour outing Perth’s Lyndsay Stephen will  be hoping to fight back from his opening 7-over 79.

Australian TV Schedule 2011 US Senior PGA Championship

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Saturday 2.30am to 5am; Sunday 5am to 8am; Monday 5am to 8am.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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