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Chalmers 'on a roll' to sit three shots from leader Pat Eaton-Robb June 27, 2009AUSTRALIA'S Greg Chalmers has fired a first-round 64 to be three shots from the lead in equal fourth in the PGA Tour's Travellers Championship.Kenny Perry shot a 61 to tie the course record and take a two-shot advantage.Charles Warren and Paul Goydos each shot seven-under-par rounds of 63 to tie for second place.Chalmers had eight birdies, including six over his final eight holes, and finished tied at six under with Spencer Levin, Boo Weekley and Tag Ridings."Sometimes on this golf course, you get on a roll," Chalmers said.Perry, who has finished in the top 10 seven times at this tournament, shot a 29 on the front nine and had no bogeys.He flirted with a 59 before making par on the final two holes."I was looking for that magical number," Perry said."I thought I could do it today.

I was definitely trying to get it done."More than 100 golfers shot under par, taking advantage of light winds and the soft greens left by the same rains that plagued the US Open.US Open champion Lucas Glover was among nine golfers tied at five under, including Australia's Matt Goggin.But the day belonged to Perry, who has one other 61 in his career, at the 2003 Colonial.Glover was seven under after 10 holes and said that's when he began to think about a sub-60 round, something that has been accomplished only three times on the US PGA Tour.

"I thought, with the eagle holes coming up ? I really felt I had a shot at it," he said.Perry is making his 21st appearance at the tournament and is a fan favourite.Chants of "Let's go, Kenny" greeted him on the back nine and spectators erupted at the 15th hole when Perry made the one-metre birdie putt that put him at nine under par.Perry is the fifth player to post a 61 at TPC River Highlands, joining Kirk Triplett (2000), Phil Mickelson (2001), Scott Verplank (2001) and Brad Faxon (2005) in the record book."It's definitely the best I've played since the Masters," said Perry, who finished second in Augusta in a play-off with champion Angel Cabrera and Chad Campbell.The Sydney Morning HeraldStory ToolsEmail this storyShare / Bookmark storyEmail to a friendAdd to FacebookAdd to del.icio.usAdd to DiggPrint this storyRSS FeedSubscribe to news by emailGot news tips for us? Email us photos, videos & tip-offs
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