Brooks takes lead in BC Open

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

American Mark Brooks fired an opening round seven-under 65 to secure a one shot lead over defending champion Jason Bohn at the final BC Open.

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American Mark Brooks fired an opening round seven-under 65 to secure a one shot lead over defending champion Jason Bohn at the final BC Open. The Atunyote Golf Club is hosting the BC Open this year as a replacement site. The BC Open has been played at the En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott since 1972, but after the Susquehanna River burst its banks and submerged the course, PGA Tour officials moved the tournament to the Turning Stone Resort's Golf Club. It's the first time a PGA event has been staged on Native American land. One of the highlights of the first round came from India's Arjun Atwal who holed from the fairway for an eagle at the ninth hole. Atwal finished with a 68, four-under-par. Bohn to defend title Defending BC Open champion Jason Bohn chose to defend his title rather than play at the prestigious Major at Hoylake in England. Bohn hit a birdie putt on the 13th and ended the day tied for second place with Harrison Frazar at 66, one stroke behind the first round leader American Mark Brooks, who fired a seven-under 65. Notah Begay III, hit a shot out of the bunker close to the hole, which led to a par on the 7th hole. Begay, the only Native American on the PGA Tour, ended with a 69, four strokes off the lead. Australia's Craig Parry had a roller coaster round. He just missed a birdie putt on the 17th, but the twice PGA Tour winner sank four birdies during the day as well as bogeying four holes en route to a level par 72. Sweden's Gabriel Hjertstedt holed his sixth birdie of the day on 18th to finish at 5-under-par, 67. The 1997 BC Open winner is in a tie with nine other players, two strokes off the pace. Another at two back was BJ Staten, who finished strongly. Staten birdied four of the final six holes including the 16th. Ryuji Imada is also part of the crowded group tied at 67. The Japanese golfer missed a putt for par on the 9th after picking up an eagle on the 8th. (AP)

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