Friday, August 21, 2009

ZANDVOORT, Netherlands (AP) Ireland's Paul McGinley and Scotland's Gary Orr used easier early conditions to shoot opening 6-under 64s and tie for the lead at the KLM Open on Thursday.

Defending champion Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland was a stroke back in a group of four with Ireland's Peter Lawrie, Australian Matthew Millar and Spain's Jorge Campillo.

A severe afternoon storm delayed the end of the round for an hour.

McGinley, runner-up to Clarke at Kennemer Golf and Country Club a year ago, eagled his second hole, the 11th, and unleashed a string of birdies from the 12th-15th. A bogey on the 8th kept him from sole possession of the lead in his bid for his first title in four years.

``It's not surprising that Gary Orr, Darren Clarke and I do well here - we grew up on courses like this,'' McGinley said.

``It's wonderful to play on an old-fashioned course where it's important to hit the fairway.''

Orr, who hasn't won since 2000 and was runner-up at the European Open in May, caught McGinley by shooting 30 on his back nine in his first tournament in a month.

Bradley Dredge of Wales, at 6 under before his last hole, double-bogeyed the par-4 9th, and dropped into a 10-man group two strokes off the lead.

Hometown player Robert-Jan Derksen aced the par-3 11th with a 7-iron in shooting a par 70.

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