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Young gun fires in Australian Open

Jason Day plays an iron shot on day one of the Australian Open Golf Championship.
Jason Day plays an iron shot on day one of the Australian Open Golf Championship. DEAN LEWINS

GOLF: Sydney youngster Cameron Davis upstaged some of the world's best golfers with a sizzling eight-under-par 63 to lead after day one of the Australian Open in Sydney yesterday.

Davis collected six birdies in the first eight holes at The Australian Golf Club before dropping a shot on the ninth to reach the turn at five-under par.

The 22-year-old finished his round two strokes ahead of his nearest rival, Queenslander Taylor MacDonald.

"Everything went to plan," said Davis, who won the Australian amateur championship on the same course two years ago.

"I played here about eight times in five days so I got to know it pretty well and saw some places I probably shouldn't have, so it was very comfortable out there.

"I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine."

Aussie star Jason Day is tied for third with Nick Cullen at five under the card.

It was a mixed day for American star Jordan Spieth who struggled with consistency.

The defending champion bogeyed his first two holes but finished with a birdie on the 18th to be at one-under par heading into day two.

 

Jason Day on day one of the Australian Open Golf Championship.
Jason Day on day one of the Australian Open Golf Championship. DEAN LEWINS

Day lived up to the hype surrounding his long-awaited Australian Open return, firing a birdie-filled 66 in perfect morning conditions.

A nasty double-bogey on his penultimate hole however robbed him of an even better result.

Day, playing in Australia for the first time in four years paid tribute to the big gallery that flocked to see him.

"It was amazing actually, the support that we had here today," he said.

"It was exciting to play. The crowds were terrific out there.

"It's been four years since I've been here, so I think I owe it to everyone that wants an autograph or wants a picture, to be able to stop and give it to them."

 

GOLF: Former world No.1 Jason Day is well poised for a run at the Stonehaven Cup after firing a birdie-filled first round at the Australian Open tournament.

Day lived up to the hype in his long-awaited Australian Open return, posting a five-under-par 66 in perfect morning conditions at The Australian Golf Club yesterday.

A nasty double-bogey on his penultimate hole however robbed him of the clubhouse lead with Sydney young gun Cameron Davis having carded a sizzling eight-under-par 63 to lead the way early.

American Jordan Speith was even through 12 holes after a difficult start which saw him bogey his first two holes.

Day, playing in Australia for the first time in four years paid tribute to the big gallery that flocked to see him.

"It was amazing actually, the support that we had here today," he said.

"It was exciting to play. The crowds were terrific out there. It's been four years since I've been here, so I think I owe it to everyone that wants an autograph or wants a picture, to be able to stop and give it to them."

Day was especially pleased to have had his biggest fan, mum Dening, in the crowd and she is healthy again after winning her battle with cancer.

"It's great to see her out and looking healthy because at the start of the year it didn't look so well," he said.

"I haven't been able to play in front of her a lot as a professional. She's seen one of my wins with the World Cup, so it would be really nice to be able to try and win this one for her.

"It reminds me of the old times when she used to watch me. I'm just glad I played good enough so she didn't have to walk off."

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