McGrane on high in Shanghai

Damien McGrane produced a rip-roaring finish to lead the Irish charge in the BMW Asian Open in Shanghai.

The Meath machine reeled off four birdies in his last six holes on his way to a two under par 70 at Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club.

McGrane recovered from a double-bogey six at the 16th with four birdies on his inward nine.

But that still left the Irish star four shots adrift of first round leader Raphael Jacquelin in a share of 12th place.

The French ace had seven birdies and just one bogey in a sizzling 66 to leave pre-tournament favourites Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Paul Casey tailing in his wake.

South Africans Goosen and Els had to settle for rounds of one under par 71 with Casey a shot further back.

The English star, 29, complained that his preparations had been disrupted after his suitcase failed to arrive from Augusta, where he finished tied 10th.

Casey groaned: "I've got all sorts of stuff in my suitcase to prepare properly and I've not been able to do it, so that's been annoying. It arrives on Friday I think.

"But I still have to get on with the golf event. I've tried very hard to put it to one side but I won't say it hasn't affected me"

Colin Montgomerie hit a bogey free 69 but star draw Daly crashed to a seven over par 79 that featured six bogeys and a triple bogey eight at the ninth.

The rest of the Irish contingent failed to break par with Graeme McDowell the best of the bunch after a 73.

Gary Murphy had two sevens in a round of 74 with Peter Lawrie struggling to make the cut after carding six bogeys in a 75.