Australian Open day one snapshot

Byeong Hun An shot a five-under-par 67 to lead after the opening round of the Australian Open.
Byeong Hun An shot a five-under-par 67 to lead after the opening round of the Australian Open.

SNAPSHOT OF THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN FIRST ROUND AT THE LAKES:

LEADERBOARD: Byeong Hun An (67); Matt Jager, amateur David Micheluzzi (68); Abraham Ancer, Adam Stephens, Marcus Fraser, Dimi Papadatos, Blake Proverbs, Cameron Percy (all 69).

PLAYER OF THE ROUND: An - aided by an eagle on his penultimate hole, the South Korean US PGA Tour star snared the lead with a five-under-par 67.

SHOT OF THE ROUND: Reigning US Amateur champion Viktor Hovland, from Norway, fired a long-range second shot into the par-5 11th which he tapped in for eagle.

STAT OF THE ROUND: Three players - Antonio Murdaca, Matthew Giles and Adam Blyth - all racked up 10s on one hole, a horror display that officials could never recall happening before.

QUOTE OF THE ROUND: "Mate, (I'm) just an Uber driver. Just to get mortgage going and a bit of income in." - world No.1939 Adam Stephens after surprising all with his three-under 69 start that earned him a share of fourth place.

TOURNAMENT SUMMARY: An braved 35km/h winds during a sizzling 67 in the morning before heavy rains lashed the afternoon groups. Matt Kuchar showed his class with a two-under 70 in the afternoon, while casualties included the highest-ranked Australian Cameron Smith (74), Brandt Snedeker (73) and defending champion Cameron Davis (76).

Australian Associated Press