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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 April 2007, 12:15 GMT 13:15 UK
Struggling Casey blames lost bags
Paul Casey
World number 12 Casey is six adrift after a slow start in Shanghai
FIRST ROUND LEADERBOARD
(GB&Ire unless stated)
-6 R Jacquelin (Fra)
-5 S Kjeldsen (Den)
-4 G Flint (Aus), G Havret (Fra), S-M Lee (Kor)
-3 S Hend (Aus), C Montgomerie, J-W Park (Kor), T Carolan (Aus), P Hanson (Swe), W-H Lin (Chn)
Selected others:
-2 S Dyson, D McGrane
-1 R Goosen (SA), E Els (SA)

English star Paul Casey has blamed his low-key first round at the Asian Open on the loss of his luggage.

The 29-year-old has had to do without his luggage since arriving in Shanghai but managed to finish level par to lie six shots off leader Raphael Jacquelin.

"I've got all sorts of stuff in my suitcase to prepare properly and I've not been able to do it," he said.

Colin Montgomerie is three shots behind Frenchman Jacquelin in a tie for sixth after posting a bogey-free 69.

"That's what I always pride myself on, no bogeys," said the 43-year-old Scot.

The wind was blowing and affected the ball quite a bit - the course was playing quite tough

Ernie Els
"Three birdies isn't much to talk about but it's very difficult out there. It's very windy, the greens are firm and the pins are in difficult positions.

"I didn't putt well but I'm in contention, and that's where I want to be."

Jacquelin leads by a shot from Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen after three birdies and a bogey on the Pudong Golf Club back nine saw him sign for a 66.

"I played really steady on my first nine," Jacquelin said. "The wind was getting stronger later in the day so I'm happy to shoot six under."

Ernie Els produced an opening round of 71 after an outward nine of 34 was undone by bogeys at the 10th and 11th before a birdie at the 13th got the South African back in red numbers.

I didn't hit any good shots and it's a bit disappointing but hopefully I can get a decent round in

Retief Goosen
"I played good enough," the world number five said. "I missed quite a few putts and misread a few putts but really played quite nicely.

"The wind was blowing and affected the ball quite a bit. The course was playing quite tough."

Els's compatriot Retief Goosen, having started at the 10th, was two-under for his first nine but then bogeyed the 4th and was frustrated with his one-under 71.

"I am struggling with the pace a little as the greens are slow but I misread a lot of putts out there," he said.

"I didn't hit any good shots and it's a bit disappointing but hopefully I can get a decent round in."

York's Simon Dyson bounced back from having to pull out of last week's China Open with food poisoning by carding a first-round 70, the same score as Ireland's Damien McGrane.

American crowd-pleaser John Daly, however, struggled with the conditions and could only manage a seven-over 79.



SEE ALSO
Asian Open leaderboard
19 Apr 07 |  Golf


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