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Daly, Green both shoot 63

MUNICH, Germany -- John Daly made a hole-in-one on the way to a 9-under 63 Thursday for a share of the first-round lead at the BMW International Open.

Daly's ace came with a 9-iron at the 153-yard 12th hole, his third hole of the round. His shot bounced a foot behind the hole and spun back in.

He also had seven birdies.

"It wasn't one of those rounds with a lot of 30-footers," he said. "It was just a lot of good solid iron shots into the greens. I hit it as solid as I can but I have to keep working with the putter. It still doesn't know what I'm going to do."

Having achieved his second hole-in-one as a pro, Daly's only regret was not winning the sponsor's car which was on offer for an ace at the 17th.

"I'll have to try to win now and then I'll be able to afford one," joked Daly. "I hit a great 9-iron to 12 and it really got me going when it spun right back and in."

Richard Green matched Daly's 63 later in the day. Daly's lowest-ever opening round overshadowed the battle for final places on the European Ryder Cup team.

Sergio Garcia, guaranteed to be a captain's pick but hoping to make the team automatically by winning the tournament, shot a 67.

"I probably missed eight opportunities inside 10 feet for birdies," Garcia said.

Garcia botched a 2-footer at the 10th, his first hole. But he birdied the fourth from 12 feet, struck a good 4-iron approach to 5 feet for a birdie at the fifth, chipped in from 20 yards to eagle the sixth, and birdied the long ninth.

Dean Robertson, with an outside shot at a Ryder Cup berth, was a shot off the lead at 64, with defending champion Thomas Bjorn and Soren Kjeldsen tied for fourth at 65. Bjorn is assured of a Ryder Cup spot.

Ian Woosnam, who could play his way into consideration for the other Ryder Cup captain's pick with a high finish, carded a 69,
while Jose Maria Olazabal had a 70.

Woosnam is 16th and Olazabal 18th in the team standings. The top 10 at the end of play Sunday qualify automatically.

Garcia is 19th, but European captain Sam Torrance said Wednesday that Garcia was assured of being on the team -- "even if he shoots
95-95 this week."

Daly was pleased to be atop the leaderboard.

" I haven't shot 9-under for a long, long time," he said. "And I didn't rip a drive really, except for the ninth, just three-quarter soft cuts. In fact I've not had to rip a drive on any course this year. My soft cuts go about 315-320 yards, but the driver flew about 325, maybe 330 yards on the ninth.

"I had a lot of gimmee birdies for my 63."

Daly says the atmosphere in Munich had a lot to do with his round.

"I love playing in Europe. It's much more laid back," he said. "You can go to the practice range on a Tuesday and hit balls. In the States there are so many people on the range, if you take a swing you might hit somebody And it's very hard to practice because of autograph hunters. You can really work on your game over here."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.