Golf: Wikinson one shot off pace in Texas

Tim Wilkinson. Photo / AP
Tim Wilkinson. Photo / AP

Tim Wilkinson sits in a share of second place after the opening round of the PGA Tour's HP Byron Nelson Championship in Texas.

The Manawatu left-hander fired a four-under 66 to be one place behind leader Peter Hanson of Sweden in the US$6,900,000 event.

Wilkinson, part of the final group of the day, had a bogey on the opening hole before bouncing back with three straight birdies through 4, 5 and 6 to be two-under after the opening nine holes.

Another birdie at the 10th hole followed by his fifth birdie of the day at the 16th saw Wilkinson finish at five-under along with Australian Marc Leishman and American David Duval.

Last week's Players Championship winner Martin Kaymer is a further shot back along with seven other players.

New Zealand's Danny Lee shot a one-under 69 to lie in a share of 29th.

In the Tour, New Zealand's Steven Alker is in a share of 16th place after firing a five-under 67. He's four shots behind leader Blayne Barber of the United States.


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