Tim Wilkinson leading PGA Tour in event Reno

Last updated 12:36 01/08/2014
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KIWI GOLFER: Tim Wilkinson.

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Kiwi golfer Tim Wilkinson is tied atop the leaderboard after the opening round of the Barracuda Champonship.

While an official PGA Tour event, the tournament features an extremely diluted field - basically consisting of all the American-based players who failed to qualify for this week's World Golf Championship event in Akron, Ohio - and also runs on a modified stableford points format.

Nevertheless, Wilkinson is holding pace with Australia's 2006 US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy at Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno, Nevada.

Both scored 16 points today with Wilkinson welcoming good touch on the greens.

"I played well and putted well," said Wilkinson, who hit 10 of 14 fairways and had just 24 putts.

"It's nice to get a whole lot of points this morning. It can get a bit gusty in the afternoons and a bit trickier. It was calm this morning, and it's good to get a whole lot of points under your belt early."

Wilkinson is making his third start in the Barracuda Championship, and first since missing the cut in 2010. In his first appearance in 2008 he finished T21.

He remains in search of his first win on 5the PGA Tour in his 85th career start this week, with his best finish a runner-up effort at the 2008 Valero Texas Open.

However, he is in solid form this year and on the brink of cracking the season's top 100 money earners - with the top 125 retaining PGA Tour status for next season.

"I obviously want to continue pushing inside of the top 100. There is not as many [ranking points] this week. You need a good finish. Top 100 would be good at the end of the week. Then I'll take a week off.

Meanwhile fellow New Zealander Danny Lee is also handily placed after the first 18 holes in a tie for 10th on 11 points.

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