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Alejandro Canizares leads Jason Dufner and co at Perth International

First there was Tiger, now here's koala! Canizares leads Dufner and co in Perth

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UPDATED:

11:32 GMT, 18 October 2012

Former world No 3 Paul Casey continued his return to form to be amongst the leaders on the opening day of the inaugural ISPS HANDA Perth International.

Casey made the most of perfect conditions to card a five under par round of 67 to be two shots behind joint leaders Michael Hendry and Alejandro Canizares.

Englishman Casey has struggled for form this year after suffering a dislocated shoulder in a snowboarding accident last Christmas.

Bear necessities: American star Jason Dufner and his Amanda meet a koala at the Perth International

Bear necessities: American star Jason Dufner and his Amanda meet a koala at the Perth International

Furry friend: South Africa's Charl Schwartzel gets to grips with the Australian native

Furry friend: South Africa's Charl Schwartzel gets to grips with the Australian native

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The 35-year-old did, however, show he
was on the way back at last week's Shinhan Donghae Open on the Korea
Golf Tour with a third-place finish and could have gone even lower today
but for some missed putts.

His long hitting served him well on
the picturesque Lake Karrinyup Country Club course as he birdied all
four par-fives, and picked up a further shot on the par-fourth 10th, in
an unblemished round.

Leader: Alejandro Canizares of Spain tees off on the 17th hole on his way to a superb 65

Leader: Alejandro Canizares of Spain tees off on the 17th hole on his way to a superb 65

'I've got some very good golf that is
starting to show through,' Casey said in an interview on Sky Sports
News. 'I'm going to fight and start playing the golf I know I'm capable
of and today was the start of that.'

While his injury problems have seen
Casey slip to 132nd in the world, he was the highest-ranked player on a
leaderboard dominated by little known names.

New Zealander Hendry defied his world
ranking of 574 as he fired eight birdies in his round that was matched
by Canizares, whose only win on the European Tour came six years ago.

Back in form: England's Paul Casey is in contention at Lake Karrinyup after an opening round of 67

Back in form: England's Paul Casey is in contention at Lake Karrinyup after an opening round of 67

Nice approach: Mikko Ilonen on the 11th

Nice approach: Mikko Ilonen on the 11th

Canizares was runner-up at the Reale
Seguros Open de Espana earlier this season but has since slipped to 70th
in the race to Dubai.

With only the top 60 set to qualify to
play at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in late November, the 29-year-old
knows this may be his last chance.

'I'm 70th at the moment so this is
either my last or my second to last tournament of the year,' he told the
European Tour's official website. 'I need a good finish – if I win it will fix a lot of things.'

Argentinian Emiliano Grillo, who is
also ranked outside the top 500, sat in between Casey and the leaders
after his 66 included an eagle three at the 15th.

While the lesser lights took centre
stage tournament drawcard Jason Dufner endured a mixed day in his first
appearance since the United States lost the Ryder Cup.

Dufner had got off to a healthy
beginning when he birdied three of his opening six holes but from there
he struggled, carding four bogeys in total, to finish the day with a 71.

Fellow American Bo van Pelt was a shot
better off while Edoardo Molinari, the brother of one of Europe's Ryder
Cup heroes Francesco, was also back in the field on one under.

World Twenty20 2012: Steven Finn issues Chris Gayle warning

Fiery Finn issues Gayle warning ahead of Super Eights opener against West Indies

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 25 September 2012

Upbeat: Finn is confident England can turn things around

Upbeat: Finn is confident England can turn things around

England headed to the hills on Tuesday, where they pledged to go on the attack when they come face to face with Twenty20’s biggest gun.

The long bus ride from Colombo to the picturesque city of Kandy was followed by a declaration of intent for their opening Super Eights match against West Indies at nearby Pallekele on Thursday.

Chris Gayle will spearhead a West Indies line-up brimful of big-hitting batsmen but England believe they have the firepower to cut him down, as they did when they last met in a Twenty20 match at Trent Bridge last summer.

Steven Finn dismissed Gayle for two then
as England won by seven wickets, the sort of result which would take
them halfway to the semi-finals if they can repeat it on Thursday.

‘Gayle has an aura about him and it’s
exciting to come up against people like that,’ said Finn. ‘It will be a
challenge bowling at one of the best Twenty20 batsmen in the world but
it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to.’

England will approach that challenge by attempting to make early inroads into a West Indies line-up which also includes plenty of others capable of clearing the boundary, such as Kieron Pollard.

Dangerman: Gayle (left) will open the batting for West Indies

Dangerman: Gayle (left) will open the batting for West Indies

‘It’s going to be up to me to set the tone against Gayle,’ said Finn. ‘My job with the new ball is to put the opposition under pressure by taking early wickets because that stalls any momentum.’

There was a confident and relaxed mood about England on Tuesday, at odds with their inept display against India on Sunday.

They believe the switch to what is likely to be a pitch with more pace at Pallekele will suit them in a group which also includes New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

Finn was on good form despite enduring a tortuous road trip here.

Confident: England feel that the Pallekele pitch will suit them

Confident: England feel that the Pallekele pitch will suit them

‘Four-hour bus journey has made me feel like I have bowled 30 overs,’ he tweeted.

There was an immediate riposte from his erstwhile team-mate and current TV pundit Kevin Pietersen, who displayed his confidence that he is close to an England comeback by replying: ‘You went on a bus Findog You should have asked and I would have got you the heli we use for our transport. Next time…’

Pietersen has not spoken to many of the England team since his exile began nearly two months ago but taking the mickey is a start.

Charlie Wi leads Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Wi sets the pace in Pebble Beach but Tiger is on the prowl

South Korea's Charlie Wi continued to set the pace in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California as Tiger Woods forced his way into contention with a run of five birdies in six holes.

Second round leader Wi had a bogey-free round of 69 for three under on the day at Spyglass Hill and 15 under overall to lead by three shots from American Ken Duke.

But it was the performance of Woods which attracted most attention as he ends a 10-year absence from the event but his run of birdies was followed by seven pars at the end of his round of 67 for five under which sees him four shots off the pace overall.

Leading the way: Charlie Wi is out in front at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament

Leading the way: Charlie Wi is out in front at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament

Wi ended the day on 15 under which saw him three ahead of Duke, with Woods a further shot back and Phil Mickelson two further back on nine under.

Mickelson shot 70 at Pebble Beach and was joined on nine under by Dustin Johnson who shot an even 70 at Monterey Peninsula.

In the hunting pack: Tiger Woods is in touch with Wi at Pebble Beach and lines up a putt on the picturesque course (below)

In the hunting pack: Tiger Woods is in touch with Wi at Pebble Beach and lines up a putt on the picturesque course (below)

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Actor: George Lopez

Actors on the course: Bill Murray and George Lopez take part in the Pro-Am tournament

Gary Christian and Brian Davis both finished the day on two under, one shot ahead of fellow Englishman Ian Poulter.

Woods told the PGA Tour website: 'I hit my putts as well I did the last couple of days. This time they went in.

English interest: Ian Poutler hits his tee shot on the fifth hole

English interest: Ian Poutler hits his tee shot on the fifth hole

'I've got a chance going into [Sunday]. Obviously I have to put together another good round and possibly go even lower.'