New Zealand Open December 01 2011

Michael Campbell stumbled again in yesterdays first round of the New Zealand open, shooting a 5 over par 77. He attributes his problems to his poor performance with the putter. He lamented, 'It's not behaving now,'' he said of his flat stick. ''That's the only thing that's been suffering over the last year, really, is my putting. Normally putting is the strong part of my game but this year it's been the other way. If Michael is looking for a new putter he could always contact white dragon golf for the latest New Zealand designed putter. The Open is the first truly international sporting fixture to be played in sports-starved Christchurch since February's earthquake. Michael Campbell   Rory McIlroy is tied for the lead in the Hong Kong Open, shooting 64 on the first day. He is pretty happy with the course and the way in which he handled the tricky winds. He said after the round, "I think, first of all, the greens are a lot firmer and a lot faster than they usually are, which makes it tougher to get the ball closer to the hole, but the wind today was a big factor," said McIlroy "It swirls in these trees, you can feel it one minute downwind and the next right to left so you just have to trust where the wind is coming from. I was able to do that today, I got a couple of gusts where the ball might have gone a few yards left or right from where I wanted to but all in all, I was able to handle the wind pretty well."   Rory McIlroy leads the way in opening round of Hong Kong Open Striking the right note: Rory McIlroy leads the field in Hong Kong Photo: GETTY IMAGES