Brian Davis holds one-shot lead

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Brian Davis of England opened with an eagle and finished with eight straight pars on his way to a 6-under 65 for early lead at dreary Riviera Country Club.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:50 IST
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Brian Davis of England opened with an eagle and finished with eight straight pars on his way to a 6-under 65 for the early lead at dreary Riviera Country Club on Thursday. Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke had the only ace of the day, producing a cheer that could be heard from all corners of Riviera. That hole-in-one gave the always colourful Clarke a temporary lead. Davis, little known on the PGA Tour, started his back nine in fine form, with an approach on the tenth hole that left him well within birdie range. Nice approach Tiger Woods made birdie on the 8th hole to reach 4-under par. He had lowered his score to 5-under through the first ten holes. After a 32 on the front nine, Woods carded a 67, his round including seven birdies - but three bogeys as well. Two-time defending champion Mike Weir stands just one shot behind the leader. The Canadian played a very nice approach on the tenth hole. Weir always has devoted fans from that hockey-mad country follow him on tour. But now, they have no NHL hockey to watch after the season was cancelled Wednesday. Shot of the day The shot of the day was made by fan favourite John Daly, who hit what seemed to be your basic approach shot on the 9th hole. But the ball, very slowly, rolled back to the hole and just when it looked as if the ball would stop just centimetres from the cup, made a left turn into the cup for an eagle. That lowered Daly's score to 2-under par. Meanwhile, Davis concluded his round with eight consecutive pars and recorded a first round 6-under 65. Davis first tried Q-school as an 18-year-old and played some of the smaller tours in the United States, then went back home to establish himself. The 29-year-old has won twice on the European tour and finished 31st on the money list last year. (AP)

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