Pampling shows the way at Hyatt Coolum

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2003 Australian PGA Championship | Round One | 11 Dec 2003
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Rod Pampling has completed his first round at the PGA Championship his score of seven under 65 setting the mark for those behind to chase.

Starting at the tenth, Rod bogied his second hole but was out in 32 with four consecutive birdies to finish his nine and then followed with another at his 11th or the 2nd hole of the course. He birdied the two par fives coming in for his lead and was pleased with his performance on the greens with just 25 putts needed in his round today.

“I made a lot of good putts,” he said later. “It wasn’t a good hitting day but the putter came to the rescue. The greens are a bit slow but they haven’t been able to get the mowers on as much as they would like and the grain has more influence on slow greens.”

Pampling leads by one from Victoria’s Martin Doyle, who has finished his round with a 66 with a large group on five under including Greg Norman, Jens Nilsson, John Sutherland, Ed Stedman, Nick O’Hern Wade Ormsby and Craig Parry.

Norman indicated he was really pleased with the job Leyton Hewitt had done in his first caddying role at this level.

“We both worked the yardages and in fact I enjoyed it as, for the first time in many years, I actually felt to be more part of it than previously having to switch into the yardage thinking long before I got to my shot. We just double checked with each other and it worked well. He didn’t miss a beat in terms of what he needed to do and I imagine he enjoyed it.”

As could be expected scoring has slowed down a little in the afternoon with Scott Hend the recent USPGA Tour graduate at four under through seven and Peter Lonard three under through seven.

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