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Percy fires in opening round at Riviera

CAMERON Percy is off to a flying start at the Genesis Open being played at the famed Riviera Country Club.

VICTORIAN Cameron Percy is just two shots off the pace in the suspended first round of the PGA Tour’s Genesis Open in California.

Percy trails leader Sam Saunders by two shots after signing for a 5-under 66 on the famed Riviera layout in California.

The six birdie-one bogey round is the continuation of a run of form which saw him finish equal 10th at last week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am.

Round one was suspended due to darkness with several players still to finish their round, some with as many as six holes to play although Saunders’ opening round lead does appear safe.

Percy, who only just regained his PGA Tour card via the Web.Com Tour Finals last year, raced to the turn in 31 and although the momentum slowed over the closing nine holes his birdie at the last was a nice way to finish.

WOMENS AUSTRALIAN OPEN ROUND ONE WRAP:

Percy’s top ten at Pebble Beach last week was enough to assure him of a start this week and it appears he is not about to let the chance go.

Marc Leishman is one shot behind Percy in 7th position while former winner Adam Scott is another back in a share of 18th.

Cameron Smith is 30th and another former winner, Aaron Baddeley, shares 51st alongside John Senden.

World Number One Jason Day is in 58th spot at even par although the Queenslander still has two holes to play when he returns tomorrow morning. 

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Bruce Yoiung