Australian PGA; Adam Scott and Cam Smith draw crowds to Royal Queensland

Hopes for an Australian PGA showdown between Cam Smith and Adam Scott on Sunday are on track after the star pair opened the tournament with impressive rounds at Royal Queensland.

Scott, the 2013 Masters winner, was the first clubhouse leader after a five-under-par 66, while Smith, the reigning British Open champion, was two shots back after a first-round 68.

By late afternoon, however, Scott had been shadowed by fellow Australians Min Woo Lee, Jason Scrivener and John Lyras, who led the tournament six-under after brilliant rounds of 65.

“It was great,” Lee said.

“(It was) very solid. There was one mistake, a bad drive on (hole) 10, but other than that it was a very solid day approach and off the tee, and a very good day on the greens, so if I can do that for the next few days , it will be very nice.

Earlier, when Scott and Smith teed off at 6am Queensland time in a large group that included New Zealand star Ryan Fox (one over 72), Scott and Smith were pleasantly surprised by the thousands of fans who couldn’t help but notice prevented them from seeing their early start. heroes live in action.

“It was great,” said Scott/.

“It was incredibly early, but as we walked to the tee, people flocked to the golf course and they should.

“It’s great to see everyone coming out. It’s exciting that Cam is coming home to play off the end of the year he’s had.

“We had a strong group. Also ‘Foxy’ played great.”

Scott described himself as the “third wheel” of the group, but he was the star of the show on Thursday with a round that included seven birdies and two bogeys.

“The conditions couldn’t be better and you want to take advantage of those morning laps,” he said.

“Overall there was good solid play from me today.”

Smith started slowly. He teed off on 10th and was one over after nine holes before scoring three birdies over his last nine holes.

“I definitely felt a little tired this morning – the brain was a little foggy,” said the world number 3.

“I had a hard time really focusing there and committing to shots… but it got around the back nine and finished well.

“I did what I had to do. ‘Scotty’ played really nice. He comes in some form, the ‘old dude’, so he might be hard to chase over the weekend.

Scott joined Brad Kennedy at five-under. Anthony Quayle and South Korea’s Jeung-hun Wang, while a shot further back at four-below Queenslander Maverick Antcliff, China’s Yan Wei Liu and Japan’s Ryo Hisatsune.

“I don’t really like the golf course – it doesn’t really suit my eye,” said Antcliff, whose round featured an eagle on the 545 par-five seventh.

“He’s in great shape, but I’ve been playing well for a while. I just haven’t been doing very well.

“I worked hard on it, so I’m not really surprised.”

Reigning tournament champion Jed Morgan, playing in the group behind Scott and Smith, opened his title defense with a one-under 70.

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