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Debutant Harding among early leaders at Augusta

Press Trust of India  |  Augusta 

As many as five players were sharing the early lead at two-under as the morning starters the halfway mark of the first round at the National here on Thursday.

Debutant South African Justin Harding, who made it to the Top-50 of the World to earn an invite and sneak into draw, had two birdies in first three holes and he was 2-under through 11 holes.

Also at two-under was Aaron Wise, playing with Harding; South African through nine; China's Li Haotong and Spain's were both two-under through four and Patton Kizzire landed the first eagle by holing a from off the green on second.

birdied the par-5 second to be one-under through four, while Rory McIlroy, a hot favourite this year, was even par with a bogey on first and birdie on third, but only a par on Par-5 second.

Thus far no had gone better than two-under at any stage.

Amateur Takumi Kanaya started birdie-birdie, while Dane Lucas Bjerregaard, who had stunned at matchplay last month, also opened with two birdies in first three holes. They fell back to even par and one-under later as the round progressed. Many of the other big names were due to start much later.

The field has seven Asian players and of them four are Japanese led by Hideki Matsuyama, Satoshi Kodaira, Shugo Imahira and amateur Kanaya. The other Asians are Thai Kiradech, China's Li Haotong and Korea's Si

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 22:05 IST