Queensland's Chris Downes shares clubhouse lead

BY iseekgolf.com | Australasian PGA Tour | 2003 Australian Open | Round One | 18 Dec 2003
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As the rain continues to tumble down here at the Australian Open those who had the rather benign early morning conditions are now sitting in the clubhouse having their lunch while those in the afternoon side of the draw battle against the increasingly heavy rain.

Chris Downes is the clubhouse leader following his five under par 67 and shares the lead with Victorian David McKenzie who has two holes to play. The 36-year-old McKenzie, who has played the Canadian and Nationwide Tours in recent years, has put together a bogey free round to date although the three finishing holes may yet have some say in the outcome of his round.

Peter Lonard bounced back from a shaky start to produce a homeward nine of 32 to get to four under and currently owns third place ahead of Craig Jones, Ricky Barnes, Craig Parry, Gareth Paddison, Aaron Baddeley, Richard Green and defending champion Stephen Allan.

Pre-tournament favourite Robert Allenby, was off to a slow start and through four holes was three over, but a birdie at the 6th has him now back at two over.

Currently twenty seven players are under par but it is likely that may well be the last time we see that many in red figures this week.

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