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Michael Hendry Leads Day One of Perth International

michael hendryThough he admits that this year isn’t his best playing form out in the golf course, Michael Hendry still topped the opening day of the Perth International tournament held at Karrinyup. The professional golfer from New Zealand was proud of his performance on the first day of the $2 million event.

Scoring at sever-under-par 65, Hendry shared the clubhouse honors with Spanish Alejandro Canizares. Among the other good scorers are Emiliano Grillo from Argentina and Andrew Johnston of England. Grillo was standing one shot behind the leaders while Johnston scored at five-under.

Greg Chalmers, the defending Australian Open champion, tied with five other players at four-under. Also a tie at one-under were Charl Schwartzel and Jason Dufner. Schwartzel is the 2011 US Masters winner while Dufner is currently the world number 10.

Hendry, down at world number 574 after missing five straight cuts, is very optimistic that he is regaining his form and finished in the seventh place at the China Masters. “I spent a lot of time on the Gold Coast actually doing a lot of practice over there,” he said.

“My form had been a bit rough but I saw a few glimpses last week in China and it’s just nice to carry on. When you’re playing bad and you’re spending lots of money to get to events and not getting a lot of return on that investment, it does put a lot of pressure on you to play well. But you just keep working hard and hoping it turns the corner at some stage, and it has the last couple of weeks,” Hendry added.

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