Zurich Classic 2012: Cameron Tringale And Ken Duke Lead, Steve Stricker And Ernie Els 1 Shot Back

The first round of the 2012 Zurich Classic of New Orleans is in the books and, as expected, the tour pros put in some impressive work at TPC Louisiana. Americans Cameron Tringale and Ken Duke shot low rounds of 65 and share the lead at 7-under after the opening round.

Tringale made a lot of noise on tour last year, and he has continued his success this year. He was in the top five on the leaderboard at one point during last week's Valero Texas Open in San Antonio, and he certainly has the talent to finish it off for his first career win in New Orleans. Tringale's first round consisted of four straight birdies on holes 15 through 18, which carried him to the co-lead after 18 holes.

One shot off the lead are two veterans with plenty of PGA Tour wins under their belts. Both Steve Stricker and Ernie Els play most tour stops, and it's not surprising to see both of them at the top of the leaderboard in this field. Both Stricker and Els had seven birdies on their way to opening-round scores of 66. Last week's winner, Ben Curtis, is just two shots back at 5-under.

For a complete live leaderboard of the Zurich Classic, visit Golf.com.

For more from Louisiana, stay tuned to SB Nation's Golf hub and check out the blog Waggle Room.

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