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Turkish Airlines Open 2013 Leaderboard: Day 1 Analysis, Highlights and More

ANTALYA, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 07:  Marc Warren of Scotland hits his second shot on the 5th hole during the first round of the Turkish Airlines Open at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Course on November 7, 2013 in Antalya, Turkey.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Alex KayCorrespondent INovember 7, 2013

The opening round of the 2013 Turkish Airlines Open was delayed due to rain and ended prematurely due to darkness. Paul Casey, Darren Fichardt and Steve Webster currently share the lead at seven under par, with Tiger Woods six strokes back at one under.

Because the event—hosted at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal Course in Antalya, Turkey—did not get started until 12:05 p.m. local time (5:05 a.m. ET), only a handful of participants were able to finish the round.

Tournament director Miguel Vidadoar believes that these delays won’t be a regular thing over the weekend, telling the Associated Press, via The New York Times: "I'm confident we can get back to normal and proceed with all four rounds."

As per The Sports Network, via the Miami Herald, play will resume at 1 a.m. ET on Friday morning and the second round is currently set to begin at 3:05 a.m. the same day.

With that noted, let’s take a look at how the leaderboard looks after a limited first round of action and recap some of the day’s best moments.

2013 Turkish Airlines Open Round 1 Scores
PositionNameScoreThru
T1CASEY, Paul-714
T1FICHARDT, Darren-714
T1WEBSTER, Steve-712
T4GONZALEZ, Ricardo-618
T4OLESEN, Thorbjørn-618
T4CABRERA-BELLO, Rafa-616
T4SANTOS, Ricardo-615
T4COETZEE, George-615
T4UIHLEIN, Peter-612
T4BJÖRN, Thomas-612
T4WALTERS, Justin-611
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Casey, Fichardt and Webster are tied at the top, as all three men are currently seven under par.

ANTALYA, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 07:  Paul Casey of England putts on the first green during the first round of the Turkish Airlines Open at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Course on November 7, 2013 in Antalya, Turkey.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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Casey and Fichardt have battled through 14 holes, while Webster is a tad behind—finishing up No. 12 before the stoppage.   

While the scoring conditions were ideal, none of the leaders should feel safe with such a narrow margin over the rest of the field.

Eight golfers are right on their heels with a score of six under par. Ricardo Gonzalez and Thorbjorn Olesen both completed the round with that score—setting the high clubhouse mark—while the remaining six still have time to catch up.

Tiger Woods, by far the top star involved in this tournament, is sitting at T-50 with a score of one under par. However, the 14-time major championship winner still has eight holes left to gain ground on Friday morning.

Woods’ group—which was the final of the day—includes Justin Rose (one under) and Henrik Stenson (four under), two of the premier players in the field. That alone should give the top-ranked golfer some extra incentive to elevate his game tomorrow.

The superstar is in prime position to make a run and should be able to capitalize during an extended day of golf on Friday.

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