There are three players tied at the top of the leaderboard on the opening day of the Turkish Airlines Open at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal course in Antalya.
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Paul Casey, Darren Fichardt and Steve Webster were all at -7 under par for their unfinished first rounds of The Turkish Open when play was suspended for the day due to darkness. There had been a three-hour delay before play could commence, overnight thunder storms refusing to disperse in time.
Paul reported that he liked Monty designed courses, and that all bodes well for him in this tournament;
“I seem to play very well around Monty’s golf courses, I won in Bahrain a couple of years ago and then Carton House this year. I do enjoy his golf courses. I have no idea why, but maybe the fact that you can be incredibly aggressive does bode well for me. I made a very aggressive start with eagle at the first hole and this is a golf course that seems to offer a lot of opportunities starting out. I probably aim for the stick probably too frequently, but you could get away with it today. If you have an opportunity to go at flag and a good yardage, you have to take it. It was foot flat to the floor today and just fire at the pins, take advantage of the soft conditions we’ve got and see what happens. The field is exceptionally strong and with the layout of the golf course, and the way it is set up, I fully expect somebody is going to get to maybe 20 plus under par this week.”
Ricardo Gonzalez and Thorbjørn Olesen were two players who managed to finish their first rounds, each signing for a pair of -6 under par 66′s, and currently tied in fourth spot.
Tiger Woods made a more reserved start with two birdies and a bogey in his first 11 holes taking him to -1 under par,before the darkness descended on the Montgomerie Maxx and play was suspended for bad light.
Play will resume at 8am local time on Friday morning, with the players finishing the first round before beginning round two, and with the tee-times the same as round one.