Cañizares and Owen in contention

2/24/2012 12:48:43 AM
Alejandro Canizares   (Getty Images)
Alejandro Canizares (Getty Images)
Spain’s Alejandro Cañizares and England’s Greg Owen are just one behind leader Will Claxton after the opening round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico.

Cañizares, fresh from a top-ten finish at the Avantha Masters, carded a four under par 67 to join Owen and Americans Charles Howell III, Marc Turnesa, John Huh, Mark Anderson and Matt Every.

Korean Noh Seung-yul was a shot further back in a share of ninth, while Ryder Cup Captain José María Olazábal shot a one over par 72 at El Camaleon.

Claxton had four birdies in his first five holes en route to a leaderboard-topping score of 66.