Reed and Laird lead at Barclays

Patrick Reed and Martin Laird fired five-under 66s to open up a one-shot lead after the first round of The Barclays Championship yesterday morning (Singapore time).

World No. 14 Reed rattled off 10 consecutive pars over the opening 10 holes before hitting three birdies and an eagle over the final eight holes at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale.

Reed's impressive opening round left him sitting pretty alongside Scotland's Laird after a first round that saw Sweden's Henrik Stenson limp out injured.

World No. 1 and defending champion Jason Day of Australia was two off the pace, after a 68.

But it was a disappointing return to the day job for newly crowned Olympic champion Justin Rose of England. He had a 73 after an erratic first round. - AFP.