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Ryan Fox of New Zealand plays a shot out of the bunker during his first round.
Ryan Fox and Mark Brown made a solid start for New Zealand in the World Cup in golf.
They were seven-under after the first round at the Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne, in a tie for third with seven other teams.
At low scoring day after Tasman, it is likely they will fall down the leader, the other to complete their rounds.
Playing in four balls, where the best individual performance for each count of holes, a pair of kiwi had birdies on the par-four fifth, par-five seventh and ninth, par-four tenth, par-three 12, 13 and nominal -Four par-four eighteenth.
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They will play – where four players alternate turns playing the same ball – on Friday and Sunday, with another round of four balls between them on Saturday.
As Fox and Brown finished his round, Gavin Green and Ben Leong of Malaysia were on the top of the standings at nine-under.
Behind them were Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne of Ireland in eight years.