Campbell inside top-10 at Portugal Masters

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 10:40 12/10/2012

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New Zealand golfer Michael Campbell is off to a tidy start at the Portugal Masters as he seeks some late-season form on the European Tour.

Campbell carded four birdies and a solitary bogey in a three-under par 68 at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Club in Vilamoura, which puts him in a share of ninth and just three shots off the lead.

England's Ross Fisher and Scotland's Stephen Gallacher have a one-shot lead over Scotland's George Murray after signing for six-under par 65s in the first round.

Campbell is 137th in the money list this year, having made just five cuts from 18 events, but four of those have come in the past seven tournaments, which have also seen him post two top-15s - at the French Open and the European Masters.

Elsewhere, Gareth Paddison is just two shots off the lead after the first round of the China Masters on the OneAsia tour.

The Wellingtonian carded a one-under par 70 at the Nanshan International Golf Club to be in a share of eighth, two strokes behind Australian Steven Jones and Chinese players Wen-chong Liang and Hao Yuan at three-under.

Michael Hendry, who had a one-over 72 to be tied for 26th, and Michael Long, Doug Holloway and Mark Brown, with two-over 73s to be among a share of 40th, are the next best of the Kiwis.

Meanwhile, Josh Carmichael is the only New Zealander in the top 40 after the opening round of the WA PGA Championship in Kalgoorlie on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

Carmichael had a one-over 73 to be in a share of 11th, five shots behind Australian Glenn Joyner.

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