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Ross Fisher and Chris Stroud hold joint lead at Wyndham Championship

Updated: Friday, 16 Aug 2013 10:51 | Comments

Ross Fisher had an eagle on the fifth as he along with Chris Stroud sets the pace
Ross Fisher had an eagle on the fifth as he along with Chris Stroud sets the pace

England's Ross Fisher and America's Chris Stroud are in a two-way tie for the lead at the end of day one of the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina.

Fisher carded a blemish-free six-under-par 64 to sit on the top of the pile alongside Stroud. The two are a shot clear of a group of eight players including defending champion Sergio Garcia, Trevor Immelman and Robert Garrigus.

Fisher was in the last threesome to go out and his round was highlighted by an eagle on the par-five fifth, when he hit his approach shot to seven feet.

Padraig Harrington managed a three-over-par 73 and is nine shots adrift of the leaders. 

"My manager said, 'You've got nothing to lose. Just go out there all guns blazing'" - Ross Fisher 

Fisher, who is in his first year on the PGA Tour, told pgatour.com: "My manager said, 'You've got nothing to lose. Just go out there all guns blazing and see what happens'.

"I know what I've got to do, and I've just got to go enjoy it, and if it's meant to be, it'll happen.

"I don't want it to end here."

Neither he nor Stroud will be comfortable, though, with Garcia among the men breathing down their necks.

The Spaniard missed just one green as he began his title defence in style, but he was taking nothing for granted.

"It was a great round today, but it's only Thursday," he said.

Stuart Appleby, who is one of a number of players looking to secure his place in the FedExCup Play-offs, was in a group of five players on four under, while Fisher's compatriot, Greg Owen, was two under.

Brian Davis and Paul Casey were level, while David Lynn was two over.

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