Friday, May 16, 2008

ADARE, Ireland (AP) — Richard Green birdied three of the last five holes for a 6-under 66 Thursday and a share of the lead after the first round of the Irish Open.

Jeev Milka Singh was tied with Green at the Adare Manor.

Bradley Dredge (68) birdied two of the last three holes and shared third place with Marcel Siem, Johan Edfors and Michael Lorenzo-Vera.

Peter Lawrie birdied four of the last six holes for a 71.

Darren Clarke (72) was critical of the course near Limerick.

"It was ridiculously difficult this afternoon with some of the pin positions we had," Clarke said. "We were hitting 3-irons to flags that were completely inaccessible. It takes all the fun away and the ability to shoot a good score away."

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