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Glover shoots course record for lead

US Open champion Lucas Glover shot a course record to dominate the first round of the PGA Grand Slam on Tuesday.

Glover hit six birdies and an eagle to finish at six-under 65 at the newly renovated Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda, but bogeys at Nos. 13 and 16 stopped him from taking total control of the tournament.

He owed his record-setting round to hot putting, including monster putts of 60-plus feet on Nos. 4 and 17, which earned him the eagle and a two-shot lead over American compatriot Stewart Cink.

"I played well," Glover said. "I'm really pleased with my round. I didn't know what to expect. I think, truthfully, not seeing the course might have helped"

Despite missing several putts on the back nine, British Open champion Cink remained confident that he could chase down Glover.

"I think the greens are, they are tricky to read," Cink said. "I'll maybe slightly adjust for tomorrow."

While Glover and Cink had good rounds, Masters champion Angel Cabrera and US PGA winner Yang Yong-eun struggled. Cabrera finished five shots behind Glover, with four bogeys on the back nine. At the par-five 17th hole, the Argentine duffed two chip shots and then two-putted from 14 feet.

Yang, still recovering from the long flight from South Korea, finished with an even par 71.

Elsewhere, the European PGA Tour has added a pair of tournaments to its 2010 schedule and left three others off the list.

The Africa Open in South Africa and the Hassan 11 Golf Trophy in Morocco were put on the schedule, while the Johnnie Walker Classic in Australia, the Malaysian Open and the Indonesian Open were missing.

The three missing events had a combined prize fund of more than US$4 million in 2009.


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