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November 30, 2012
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Cochrane leads early at Jamaica Open
Paul Clarke, Star Writer

Defending Jamaica Open champion Russ Cochran (left) studies the green with his caddie at the Half Moon Golf Club in Montego Bay, St James, yesterday. Cochran fired a six under par 66 to grab a one-shot lead over Jamaican Peter Horrobin. - Pauk Clarke

Western Bureau:

Russ Cochrane carded a fine 6 under-par 66 on day one of the three-day Jamaica Open Golf Championship, on Wednesday, for a slender one-shot lead over Peter Horrobin, in wonderful conditions at the Half Moon Golf Club in Montego Bay, St James.

American Cochrane, who teed off at approximately 9 a.m., was grouped with another Jamaican Wesley Brown and Guy Stewart III, immediately took a liking to the beautiful greens although being buffeted by strong winds.

He hit a number of accurate tee shots and putted well all day with the greens playing to his game.

It was a similar feat last year, when he enjoyed the greens on his way to winning the championship.

Horrobin, who swung into action 10 minutes after the Cochrane led group, also found the going easy on his way to a five under score, to be the only golfer within one of Cochrane, well positioned to strike when he tees off this morning.

Stewart, meanwhile, had a horrible time keeping the ball on the green, with a bogey on the back fairway to be way off the early pace with a 92, 20 over for the day and with much work to be done on day two if he is to make the cut.

Former Jamaica Open winner Jim Thorpe was not happy with his score, which could have been easier on the eyes had he putted better. His putting let him down as he completed with a plus two 74.

"It was a good day, but I putted nastily and I fell behind. The course is beautiful, a little windy but it was great," said Thorpe.

"I missed a number of shots and putts, but I didn't miss the green, which was the important thing, so it was a good day. Tomorrow I hope will be a better day for with me picking up the pace with more aggressive putting."

Olin Brown Jr, Michael Carbone, Gary Hallberg and 2013 Champions Tour qualifier Gene Jones all ended the day on 71.

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