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Opening Drive

# opening-drive - Thursday 25 October, 2012

McIlroy in the mix as Donaldson sets Shanghai alight

Jamie Donaldson shot a course record 62 to lead by four shots on the first day of the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren.

# opening-drive - Friday 22 June, 2012

PGA Tour: Ace Mathis takes Travelers lead

Padraig Harrington opened with a one-under-par 69, five shots off the lead after day one of the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

# opening-drive - Friday 11 May, 2012

Harrington gets into the groove at Sawgrass

Padraig Harrington is four shots off the early lead, held by Ian Poulter and Martin Laird, at the Players Championship.

# opening-drive - Friday 17 February, 2012

Mickelson’s momentum carries him to the top

Phil Mickelson shot a five-under-par 66 to take a one-shot lead on the opening day of the Northern Trust Open in California.

# opening-drive - Friday 1 July, 2011

Scott and Haas show the way at AT&T

Pair hold a one-shot lead over the field after day one of play in Pennsylvania.

# opening-drive - Thursday 2 June, 2011

G-Mac finds early form as he launches Celtic Manor defence

McDowell happy after his opening round 67 at the Welsh Open.

# opening-drive - Friday 6 May, 2011

Harrington leads the Irish charge at Quail Hollow

The Dubliner is tied for eleventh place after the opening day of the Wells Fargo Championship.

# opening-drive - Friday 29 April, 2011

McGrane drops back to four off the lead in Seoul

Graeme McDowell in danger of missing the cut at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans after a disappointing opening round.

# opening-drive - Thursday 21 April, 2011

Maybin launches Chinese challenge while Harrington fails to hit his stride

Gareth Maybin is just one shot off the lead after an opening round 65 at the Volvo China Open.

# opening-drive - Thursday 14 April, 2011

McIlroy shakes off Masters hangover with solid start in Malaysia

An opening round of three-under par leaves the young Ulsterman in a tie for ninth place.

# opening-drive - Thursday 24 March, 2011

Tiger heads to Bay Hill with the Masters firmly in sight

The Arnold Palmer Invitational gives golf’s big names a chance to find some much-needed form ahead of the season’s first major.

# opening-drive - Friday 4 March, 2011

McIlroy and McDowell struggle to get going in Florida

The Irish pair find themselves six shots off the lead set by American Spencer Levin on the first day of the Honda Classic.

# opening-drive - Thursday 24 February, 2011

Big names topple as World Matchplay Championship gets underway

Defending champion Ian Poulter, World number three Tiger Woods, and Padraig Harrington all fell to first-round defeats in Arizona yesterday.

# opening-drive - Thursday 3 February, 2011

Tee-Off: Goosen sets the early pace in Qatar as Kaymer struggles to find form

The world number two has yet to hit his stride as he attempts to leapfrog Lee Westwood with a win at this weekend’s Qatar Masters.