Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Russ Cochran carded a fine six under-par 66 on day one of the three-day Jamaica Open Golf Championship yesterday to take a slender one-shot lead over Peter Horrobin at the Half Moon Golf Club in Montego Bay, St James.
American Cochran, who teed off at approximately 9 a.m. and was grouped with Jamaican Wesley Brown and Guy Stewart III, immediately took a liking to the beautiful greens although buffeted by strong winds.
He hit a number of accurate tee shots and putted well all day with the greens playing to his game.
Conditions were similar to last year, when he enjoyed the greens on his way to winning the championship.
Horrobin, who swung into action 10 minutes after the Cochran-led group, also found the going easy on his way to his five under score, to be the only golfer within one of Cochran. He is 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 much work to be done on day two if he is to make the cut.
THORPE NOT HAPPY
Former Jamaica Open winner, Jim Thorpe, said he was not happy with his score and blamed it on his putting, which let him down as he ended the day on a two over-par 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," he added. Thorpe is hoping to pick 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.