Jordan Spieth leads the Australian Open by one stroke at the conclusion of the first day’s play with -4 under-par 67, opening round.
Tied in second place are Aron Price and Scott Gardiner, both carded rounds of -3 under par 68.
Defending champion Rory McIlroy is two shots behind, with first round -2 under par 69.
Rory took a few holes to find his form in the tricky conditions;
“It took me a little while to get going, I gave myself a lot of chances early on in the round and didn’t really take them.
“The conditions were pretty tricky. It was tough to get the ball close to the pins with the wind and these greens being quite firm as well.”
“It was cold, windy and a little bit of rain here and there, when I think of playing golf in Australia, it’s not the kind of day I expected.”
“The wind was up early on, then it died, then got up again.”
“I thought anything under par today was a decent score and it was nice to birdie the last and shoot something in the 60s. It puts me right there going into tomorrow.”
“Golf tournaments are long, all you want to do is give yourself a chance going into Sunday, I definitely feel like there’s a better score out there.”
Rory’s top rival for this title, Adam Scott did not do so well, shooting an opening round +3 over par 74. Before he teed off today Adam reported that he had not played on this course very much;
“I haven’t played here that much in the past. Obviously there’s been a lot of work done and they’ve presented a beautiful golf course for us this week.”
“My feeling is it’s certainly going to favour the longer hitters this week. There’s no rough out there.”
“It seems like it just hasn’t grown in for them yet but hopefully with some pretty long straight driving, I’ll be able to take advantage of a few holes.”
“The wind is the definitive this week. With no rough, so that’s not going to penalise any stray shots as much as it normally would, but the winds still will.”