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             === Bjorn, Streelman share World Cup of Golf lead ===
 Melbourne,  Australia  ( -  Thomas Bjorn and Kevin Streelman
 carded  matching 5-under  66s  on Thursday  to share  the  lead following  the
 opening round of the World Cup of Golf.
 K.J.  Choi,  Martin Laird and Stuart  Manley shared third place at 4-under 67,
 while  Jason Day  sat alone in sixth  place at Royal Melbourne Golf Club after
 shooting a 3-under 68 during his first round.
 Danny Willett and Ricardo Santos each shot a 69 to tie for seventh.
 The  tournament consists  of 60  players representing  34 different  countries
 based  on the  Official World Golf Ranking and includes both an individual and
 team  competition. The top two players from each country will be teamed up and
 their scores will combine to account for their team score.
 Bjorn  quickly got on  the board with a birdie at the second, but then dropped
 to 1-over with a 4-putt double-bogey 6 at the fourth.
 He would not drop another shot for the rest of the day, however, and later got
 those two strokes back with a pair of gains at the sixth and ninth.
 After opening his inward nine with a par at the 10th, he moved to 2-under with
 a birdie at the 11th.
 The  Dane later  closed his round with  three birdies in a four-hole span from
 the  15th to  jump ahead of early  clubhouse leaders Choi and Manley, and grab
 sole possession of first place at 5-under.
 "I  thought,  'Well, this  could be a  long day,'  but I just  kind of kept my
 composure and made some good birdies and kept playing solid," Bjorn said about
 his  early double  bogey. "It is, in  my eyes, probably the finest golf course
 you can ever play."
 Streelman, meanwhile, recorded back-to-back birdies at the second and third to
 go along with seven pars to make the turn at 2-under.
 He then reeled off three straight birdies from the 10th to grab a share of the
 lead  before  adding another pair  of gains  at the 14th  and 15th to take the
 outright lead at 7-under.
 But  he would struggle  from there, tripping to bogeys at the 16th and 18th to
 fall back to 5-under and into a tie with Bjorn.
 "I  made  some good birdie putts  today and some  par saves as well, so pretty
 happy," said Streelman.
 Laird  and Manley each countered a lone bogey with five birdies to claim their
 share  of  third place, while Choi  recorded six birdies and two bogeys during
 his opening round.
 NOTES:  Streelman's and  Bjorn's scores  also  allowed the  United States  and
 Denmark  to share the  team lead. Streelman is teamed with Matt Kuchar for the
 Americans,  while Bjorn  is teamed with Thorbjorn Olesen for the Danes. Kuchar
 and  Olesen both  shot 71 on Thursday  ... Kuchar won the team event with Gary
 Woodland  the last time this tournament was contested in 2011 ... Streelman is
 holding  at least  a share of the  first-round lead for the second time in his
 11/21 03:47:09 ET

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