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Australia leads Ireland at World Cup

Updated: November 24, 2011, 4:34 PM ET
Associated Press

HAIKOU, China -- Australia took the lead in the first round of the World Cup on Thursday after shooting an 11-under 61, finishing two strokes ahead of tournament favorites Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell of the Ireland team.

Richard Green and Brendan Jones totaled seven birdies and an eagle on the par-72 Blackstone course at Mission Hills golf resort on the South China island of Hainan.

The pair finished with a share of third place in 2008 for Australia, which won the last of its ...

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