Thursday, March 18, 2010
Nick Dougherty of England hit a 7-under 66 on Thursday to lead by a stroke on the opening day of the Trophee Hassan II.
Dougherty had an eagle and five birdies on the back nine of the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat.
Six players — Ireland's Peter Lawrie, Scotland's Stephen Gallacher, Italy's Francesco Molinari, Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia of India, Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez and Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti — are one shot behind.
"Anything under par I would have been happy with, so I was delighted with that. I think 7 under is a really, really good score round there," Dougherty said. "I putted fabulous and I'm delighted with my short game in general, but it's the long game that's concerning me. I've been battling with that for a long time now."
The opening two days are being played on two different courses — a longer Red course and a shorter Blue — and in a pro-am format before the professionals play alone on Saturday and Sunday on the Red.
Dougherty and Chowrasia played the Red course on Thursday, with the other pacesetters on the Blue. They switch Friday.