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McGrane on top as Westwood slips

Lee Westwood double-bogeyed the final hole of his first round at the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea to end day one six shots behind leader Damien McGrane.

Westwood, who returned to the top of the world rankings following his victory at the Indonesian Masters last week, made a solid start at the Blackstone Golf Club in Incheon before ending with a six at the par-four ninth - his 18th of the day.

He carded a 72, well behind McGrane who had eight birdies in his 66.

McGrane, the winner of the China Open in 2008, holds a one-shot lead over Chile's Felipe Aguilar, England's Richard Finch and home favourite Park Sang-hyun.

"I made plenty of birdies and I putted nicely," McGrane told "I holed everything inside 15 feet. I made two bogeys which were out of nowhere really, but that's golf I suppose.

"The fairways are generous and, just like last week, you make birdies on day one and keep going till the end of the tournament.

"That's what I started off doing, so hopefully I'll do it at end of the tournament."


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