Ricky Barnes leads at Zurich Classic

Barnes leads at Zurich Classic
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Ricky Barnes shot an opening-round 64 to take an early lead at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans.

Ricky Barnes leads the Zurich Classic by one shot after recording a score of 64 for his opening round in New Orleans.

The American hit seven birdies and an eagle to hold a slender lead over compatriots Boo Weekley and Lucas Glover.

DA Points and Morgan Hoffman were a shot further adrift on six-under-par, while Ernie Els and Rickie Fowler headed a group of 10 players on five-under.

As many as 15 players, including Englishmen Justin Rose and Brian Davis, opened up with a 68, with American Keegan Bradley in contention on three-under-par.

Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old from China who made headlines in making the cut at The Masters in Augusta two weeks ago, recorded a level-par round of 72.

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