Maybin leads Italian Open after course record 64

By Associated PressMay 7, 2009, 4:00 pm
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2009 European TourTURIN, Italy ' Gareth Maybin of Northern Ireland shot a course record 7-under 64 on Thursday to take a three-shot lead after the first round of the Italian Open.
 
John Daly had a 69 despite two closing bogeys on the Royal Park I Roveri course.
 
Maybin went 2-under on the front nine and 5-under on the back nine, including an eagle 2 at the 13th with a 116-yard wedge into the cup.
 
Earlier, Richie Ramsay of Scotland set a short-lived course record with a 4-under 67. The previous record had been a 68 by Seve Benson last year.
 
Ramsay was tied for second with Christian Cevaer, Marcus Higley and Raphael Jacquelin.
 
I love the way Im hitting the ball, Daly said. I had a lot of opportunities out there.
 
The two-time major winner is serving a six-month suspension from the PGA Tour.
 
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