Woods six back as Casey shares lead in rainy Turkey

Thu Nov 7, 2013 11:51am EST
 
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By Tony Jimenez

BELEK, Turkey (Reuters) - Former world number three Paul Casey was among a trio of players sharing the lead and Tiger Woods trailed six shots off the pace when darkness fell in the rain-hit Turkish Airlines Open first round on Thursday.

Only 15 players completed their rounds after torrential rain and thunderstorms had caused a three-hour delay to the start of the inaugural $7 million European Tour event being played on the Mediterranean coast of Antalya.

The bad weather saturated the Montgomerie Maxx Royal course and made good scoring easy for the 78-man field, with only nine competitors over par.

Casey was seven-under through 14 holes when the players were called back to the clubhouse at 1642 local time (1442 GMT), the same mark as fellow Briton Steve Webster (12 holes) and South African Darren Fichardt (14).

World number one Woods, returning from a self-imposed break, is playing in his first strokeplay event for six weeks and showed signs of ring rustiness as he finished one-under through 10 holes.

The 14-times major champion found just two fairways all day and will have a 20-yard wedge shot over a greenside bunker awaiting him at the 11th when he returns to complete his round early on Friday morning.

"I thought when we teed off that we would be lucky to get in 11 holes and I was pretty spot on," Woods told reporters.

"It just gets dark so quickly and it's like someone just turned off the light switch.   Continued...

 
U.S. golfer Tiger Woods gets ready to hit a shot during an event to promote the upcoming Turkish Airlines Open golf tournament, on the Bosphorus Bridge that links the city's European and Asian sides, in Istanbul November 5, 2013. REUTERS/Murad Sezer