Wi in lead at Honda Classic

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/G/Golfgeneric.jpg' class='caption'> Charlie Wi shot a 5-under 65 at PGA National on Thursday, to take a one-shot lead over Bernhard Langer after one round of the Honda Classic.

Updated: March 22, 2007 06:37 IST
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Charlie Wi finished with consecutive birdies and shot a 5-under 65 at PGA National on Thursday, to take a one-shot lead over Bernhard Langer after one round of the Honda Classic. He missed only two fairways, sunk 17 of 20 putts inside 25 feet, and made a 40-footer for birdie at the par-4 13th. "Today was definitely my day hitting the ball," said Wi, who has made only 14 cuts in 30 previous US tour starts, but finished tied for ninth earlier this year at the Buick Invitational to earn a career-best $130,000. "And I'm really happy that when you have the opportunity, you capitalise on it. That's really important to me." Marco Dawson, Robert Allenby, Joe Ogilvie and Cliff Kresge shot 67s on a day marked by 30 kph wind and even higher gusts. Brandt Snedeker, 2005 winner Padraig Harrington, Davis Love III and Brett Wetterich were among those who opened with 68s, and Jim Furyk led a group of four another shot back at 69. Allenby was 4 under after four holes thanks in part to an eagle at No 3, where he hit a "ripper" of a drive, then knocked a 3-wood to 40 feet and made the putt. John Daly found conditions especially tough, and that had nothing to do with the course. Daly withdrew after suffering what was announced as a rib injury on the 12th tee, his third hole of the day. He tried to stop his swing when he heard a fan's camera clicking, tried to hit another tee ball, said he couldn't handle the pain and went off to seek treatment in the tour's medical trailer. He declined comment. Like Daly, the 49-year-old Langer got in the field on a sponsor's exemption. Unlike Daly, he left PGA National in a fairly upbeat mood. Langer, who teed off in the opening 6:45 am local time group - and got a 4:00 am local time wake-up call - bogeyed his opening hole, but made nothing but birdies and pars the rest of the way. He hit 15 greens in regulation, helping him score on a course playing longer than its 7,048 yards. Just 20 of 142 finishers broke par, and the day's average score was just shy of 3-over 73. Defending champion Luke Donald, seeking to avoid missing the cut in three straight stroke-play events, shot 77, good for a tie for 118th.

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