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Gates, Smail, Dodt top NZ Open leaderboard

Gates, Smail, Dodt top NZ Open leaderboard

American Robert Gates, New Zealand's David Smail and Australia's Andrew Dodt shot 7-under 65s on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the New Zealand Open.
American D.J. Brigman and Australia's Andrew Bonhomme opened with 66s at The Hills in the tournament which is the U.S. Nationwide Tour season opener and is also sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia.
Smail, the 2001 winner at The Grange, had only 27 putts in his bogey-free round. Gates, the 1.95-meter (6-foot-6) player who spent last season on the Canadian Tour, had an eagle, seven birdies and two bogeys. Dodt birdied the final four holes.


Updated : 2021-10-27 11:50 GMT+08:00