Australian Open round one: by the numbers

All fans need to know about day one at the 104th Australian Open, held at The Australian GC on Thursday in Sydney.

05-Dec-2019 By Evin Priest, Australian Associated Press

LEADERS: Amateurs Takumi Kanaya and Chun-An Yu (65) at six under; Australians Matt Jones, Dimi Papadatos and Daniel Nisbet share third (67) at four under.

PLAYER OF THE DAY: After shooting 85 in the second round of the 2015 Open at The Australian, Kanaya mixed seven birdies - including four straight on the back nine - with a bogey to shoot 65 and take the first-round lead.

STAT OF THE DAY: With a four-over-par 75, marquee player and former Open champion Adam Scott made his worst start to the event since 2010.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "The smoke's not good at all. It's tough to see your golf ball. Your eyes burn. I've got that cough like you've got something in your lungs. I hope my kids are inside in the hotel room." - Matt Jones on the smoke enveloping Sydney.

TOURNAMENT SUMMARY: Asian amateurs Kanaya and Yu have upstaged some of the biggest names in golf to take the first-round lead at the 104th Australian Open. The pair are being chased by former Open winner Matt Jones and his fellow member at The Australian GC, Papadatos as well as Nisbet.

As a thick blanket of smoke hangs over Sydney, drawcard Scott floundered with a 75 but big names Cameron Smith, Paul Casey, Louis Oosthuizen (68), Marc Leishman (69) and Sergio Garcia (70) are giving the leaderboard some star power.


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