Golf: Westwood off the pace in Korea

World number one Lee Westwood responds after a missing a putt in Blackstone Golf Club in Incheon on Thursday.Top rank Lee Westwood six shots from the pace after opening round in KoreaEnglishman three late strokes to show level par 72 at the Ballantine's Championship veteran Damien McGrane drops one-shot lead after his six under par 66World No. 15 Ernie Els holds cards 73 during 17-rank Ian Poulter includes 74

(CNN) -Lee Westwood first start on the European tour since the recovery of the world's no. 1 Golf ranking was from veteran IRE Damien McGrane in South Korea on Thursday Basic.

Westwood succeeded Martin Kaymer atop crashed on his 38th birthday on Sunday as he won the Asian tour Indonesia masters and fellow Englishman Luke Donald lost in a playoff on the PGA Tour's heritage event.

He had on a sold start the Ballantine's Championship with three birdies in his first 15 holes, have teed off on the 10.

However was Westwood's opening round with a bogey at the seventh par 3 and then double a at-par four ninth glue like him for a level 72--signed six shots behind the leading McGrane.

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While Westwood on social-networking site Twitter complained that you get up early for his round he revealed that his trip had produced other benefits to Incheon.

"Up at 4.30 again!" "Like golf, at night in Asia!"He wrote. "Just a good had Lee Westwood in Korea make about opening a golf school." "Very exciting."

The 40-year old McGrane, whose only European tour victory came three years ago, eight birdies and two bogeys after one time powodka also from 10 as he claims raised.

McGrane's best result this season 22nd in last week China is open.

"The fairways are generous and just as last week, you make birdies on the first day and keep going until the end of the tournament," he told the European tour website.

"That is, what you do, I started so hopefully I'll do it at the end of the tournament."

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McGrane was a clear of Korean teenager Park Sang-hyun and England's Richard Finch, both with a birdie completed, and Chile Felipe Aguilar.

Spanish Ryder Cup veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez was for 11 after a 70, while 15 rank South African Ernie Els, who missed the cut at the heritage, carded 73 in a group for the 53rd bound be bound.

England's world no. 17 Ian Poulter had a nightmare start with two consecutive double bogeys by his opening hole at 10 but an eagle on the par five first and a birdie before an another dropped shot him helped make for a 74.

New Zealand's Korea-born Danny Lee, for equal second at the China open, faces of a battle to be cut after he 76 weekend 105th is carded bound.


Golf: Westwood off the pace in Korea