Gove, Campbell tied for lead at Turning Stone Championship

Sep 21, 2007 - 12:59 AM VERONA, New York (Ticker) -- Jeff Gove and Chad Campbell are tied atop the leaderboard after Thursday's opening round of the $6 million Turning Stone Resort Championship.

Both shot a 7-under-par 65 on the tournament's first day, leaving them one stroke clear of four players at 6-under.

"I'm pumped. I'm sad to see the day end," Gove said. "I was having fun hitting golf shots and had a good feel for the greens today. And just, you know, was just definitely enjoying the walk."

"Felt like I played solid today," Campbell said. "Drove the ball pretty well, hit the majority of the fairways. And I was able to hit it close on the front nine and make a few putts on the back nine."

Steve Flesch, John Senden, Matthew Goggin and Brendon De Jonge each fired a 66 to forge a tie for second place.

Gove offset two bogeys with seven birdies over the first 13 holes at Atunyote Golf Club before punctuating his first round with an eagle on the par-5 18th hole. The 36-year-old never has finished higher than sixth in a PGA Tour event.

He admitted that the course is playing to his advantage.

"The course is playing so well," Gove said. "I mean, the greens are rolling great. There's not a divot out there. I mean, the conditions are perfect. So, if somebody or myself keeps playing well, I mean, you can keep making a lot of birdies, definitely."

He finished before Campbell, who played just as well, recording eight birdies and just one bogey. Campbell birdied No. 18 to pull even with Gove.

"Definitely happy with the birdie on 18," Campbell said. "Good way to end the day."

John Rollins, who won the B.C. Open here last year, is at 5-under along with John Mallinger, Robert Allenby, Tag Ridings and Matt Hendrix.

"Yeah, good memories don't hurt," Rollins said. "I played good today, kept the ball in play, gave myself a lot of opportunities and left some out there.

"I had some good putts that I hit, good putts that just didn't go in. So, you know, if we can just kind of keep doing what we're doing and see how the scores pan out for the rest of the week."

At 22nd on the money list, Rollins is safely inside the cut-off for his tour card and should be able to wrap up an invite to a pair of majors with a strong showing.

A number of players in the field are looking to get into the top 125 on the money list and retain their tour cards for next season.

First prize is $1.08 million.

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