European Tour

Australian PGA Championship 2018

November 29 - December 02

RACV Royal Pines Resort, Queensland, Australia

A$1,500,000

November 29 - December 02

RACV Royal Pines Resort, Queensland, Australia

A$1,500,000

Round 1

Home duo set the target Down Under

November 29, 2018

The home favourite has been in brilliant form of late, claiming his first professional win at the NSW Open and then earning a place at The Open Championship with a top-three finish at the Australian Open.

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That run has put him at the top of the Order of Merit on the PGA Tour of Australasia and if he maintains that position on Sunday, he will claim his card for the rest of the season.

“Got off to a flying start. Four under through about six holes or something like that. Played okay through the middle, nothing great, made a few good up and downs, and birdied the last, which is nice to shoot six under."

“I was pretty nervous starting off but starting like that settles nerves. I've been playing well, I've just got to keep on doing what I've been doing. Anything can happen. If one of the other guys wins, obviously they win, so I've just got to do what I can do and see what happens at the end of it.”

A bogey-free 66 on day one at RACV Royal Pines Resort moved him to six under alongside countryman Matt Jager and one clear of another Australian in Dimitrios Papadatos and South Korea's Jaewoong Eom.

“The eagles were a bonus obviously," said Jager, "but in saying that, just made some really nice swings. I put us in a position and just rolled a couple of putts in. You obviously don't expect to do that, but that was a bonus."

“There were lots of 12, 15, 20 footers that I had as well that just sort of slid by out there. I was giving myself lots of chances and I was lucky enough to roll those ones in on the par fives when it counted most.”

European Tour Members Adrian Otaegui and Jason Scrivener were then two off the lead alongside World Number 21 Marc Leishman, Mathew Goggin and Douglas Klein.

“I was feeling pretty good," said Leishman. "It just took a little bit of adjusting to get used to the difference in the speed of the greens. Quite nice, actually. They grew a lot during the day, and obviously playing very late, they were a little slow yesterday afternoon. But they had them good this morning and I proceeded to knock my first putt of the day eight feet past from not very far. Once I adjusted to that, it was fine."

“It was a good day. I didn't have my best stuff. Hit a few scrappy shots, but I think I birdied all the par fives and managed to shoot four under with not my best stuff, so I was happy with that. Hopefully I can play a little better tomorrow and do the same as I did last year and hopefully be right around the lead after two rounds."

India's Gaganjeet Bhullar, New Zealander Ryan Fox, Portuguese Ricardo Gouveia and English pair James Morrison and Tom Murray were in the group at three under, a shot clear of defending champion Cameron Smith and England's Andrew Johnston.

Pos.
Player
Nat
Today
R1
T1
Jake McLeod
AUS
-6
66
T1
Matt Jager
AUS
-6
66
T3
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-5
67
T3
Jae-Woong Eom
KOR
-5
67
T5
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-4
68
T5
Douglas Klein
AUS
-4
68
T5
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-4
68
T5
Marc Leishman
AUS
-4
68
T5
Mathew Goggin
AUS
-4
68
T10
Aron Price
AUS
-3
69
T10
Curtis Luck
AUS
-3
69
T10
Damien Jordan
AUS
-3
69
T10
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-3
69
T10
Harold Varner III
USA
-3
69
T10
James Morrison
ENG
-3
69
T10
Jarryd Felton
AUS
-3
69
T10
Nick Flanagan
AUS
-3
69
T10
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-3
69
T10
Ryan Fox
NZL
-3
69
T10
Steven Jeffress
AUS
-3
69
T10
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-3
69
T10
Tom Murray
ENG
-3
69
T23
Adam Bland
AUS
-2
70
T23
Adam Blyth
AUS
-2
70
T23
Alexander Knappe
GER
-2
70
T23
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-2
70
T23
Anthony Quayle
AUS
-2
70
T23
Ashley Hall
AUS
-2
70
T23
Ben Eccles
AUS
-2
70
T23
Brad Moules
FIJ
-2
70
T23
Braden Becker
AUS
-2
70
T23
Cameron John
AUS
-2
70
T23
Cameron Smith
AUS
-2
70
T23
Carl Yuan
CHN
-2
70
T23
Daniel Gale
AUS
-2
70
T23
Gareth Paddison
NZL
-2
70
T23
Harrison Endycott
AUS
-2
70
T23
Jason Norris
AUS
-2
70
T23
Jordan Zunic
AUS
-2
70
T23
Paul Maddy
ENG
-2
70
T23
Robert Allenby
AUS
-2
70
T23
Ryan Chisnall
NZL
-2
70
T23
Sam Brazel
AUS
-2
70
T23
Simon Hawkes
AUS
-2
70
T23
Steve Allan
AUS
-2
70
T23
Tim Stewart
AUS
-2
70
T23
Zach Murray
AUS
-2
70
T48
Blake Proverbs
AUS
-1
71
T48
Christopher Wood
AUS
-1
71
T48
Craig Ross
SCO
-1
71
T48
Dale Williamson
AUS
-1
71
T48
David Bransdon
AUS
-1
71
T48
Gavin Green
MAS
-1
71
T48
Jack Senior
ENG
-1
71
T48
Mark Brown
NZL
-1
71
T48
Oliver Farr
WAL
-1
71
T48
Richard Green
AUS
-1
71
T48
Ross McGowan
ENG
-1
71
T48
Taylor MacDonald
FIJ
-1
71
T48
Troy Merritt
USA
-1
71
T61
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
Par
72
T61
Aaron Pike
AUS
Par
72
T61
Austin Connelly
CAN
Par
72
T61
David Boote
WAL
Par
72
T61
Henric Sturehed
SWE
Par
72
T61
Hugues Joannes
BEL
Par
72
T61
John Senden
AUS
Par
72
T61
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
Par
72
T61
Josh Geary
NZL
Par
72
T61
Matthew Griffin
AUS
Par
72
T61
Matthew Millar
AUS
Par
72
T61
Matthew Nixon
ENG
Par
72
T61
Michael Wright
AUS
Par
72
T61
Min-Kyu Kim
KOR
Par
72
T61
Paul Hayden
AUS
Par
72
T61
Peter Senior
AUS
Par
72
T61
Rhein Gibson
AUS
Par
72
T61
Ruben Sondjaja
AUS
Par
72
T61
Ryan Evans
ENG
Par
72
T61
Wade Ormsby
AUS
Par
72
T81
Aaron Townsend
AUS
1
73
T81
Aaron Wilkin
AUS
1
73
T81
Adam Burdett
AUS
1
73
T81
Alex Edge
AUS
1
73
T81
Daan Huizing
NED
1
73
T81
Daniel Fox
AUS
1
73
T81
Daniel Gavins
ENG
1
73
T81
Darren Beck
AUS
1
73
T81
David Cooke
USA
1
73
T81
David McKenzie
AUS
1
73
T81
Duncan Stewart
SCO
1
73
T81
Frazer Droop
AUS
1
73
T81
Geoff Ogilvy
AUS
1
73
T81
Greg Chalmers
AUS
1
73
T81
Jack Munro
AUS
1
73
T81
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
1
73
T81
Jun-Seok Lee
KOR
1
73
T81
Kieran Muir
AUS
1
73
T81
Mitchell A. Brown
AUS
1
73
T81
Nathan Green
AUS
1
73
T81
Peter Cooke
RSA
1
73
T81
Peter O'Malley
AUS
1
73
T81
Renato Paratore
ITA
1
73
T81
Ryan Lynch
AUS
1
73
T81
Sam Lee
FIJ
1
73
T81
Scott Laycock
AUS
1
73
T81
Sean Crocker
USA
1
73
T81
Zihao Chen
CHN
1
73
T109
Daniel Pearce
NZL
2
74
T109
Harry Ellis
ENG
2
74
T109
James Marchesani
AUS
2
74
T109
James Nitties
AUS
2
74
T109
Josh Younger
AUS
2
74
T109
Kieran Pratt
AUS
2
74
T109
Marco Iten
SWE
2
74
T109
Matthew Stieger
AUS
2
74
T109
Michael Hendry
NZL
2
74
T109
Nick Taylor
CAN
2
74
T109
Peter Wilson
ENG
2
74
T109
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
2
74
T109
Rod Pampling
AUS
2
74
T109
Rory Bourke
AUS
2
74
T123
Benjamin Clementson
AUS
3
75
T123
Brett Rankin
AUS
3
75
T123
Cameron Davis
AUS
3
75
T123
Chris Duke
AUS
3
75
T123
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
3
75
T123
David Smail
NZL
3
75
T123
Matthew Lisk
AUS
3
75
T123
Rick Kulacz
AUS
3
75
T123
Tim Hart
AUS
3
75
T132
Anthony Marchesani
AUS
4
76
T132
Campbell Rawson
NZL
4
76
T132
Cory Crawford
AUS
4
76
T132
Dale Brandt-Richards
AUS
4
76
T132
Deyen Lawson
AUS
4
76
T132
Ewen Ferguson
SCO
4
76
T132
James Anstiss
NZL
4
76
T132
Matthew Guyatt
AUS
4
76
T132
Max McCardle
AUS
4
76
T132
Nick Cullen
AUS
4
76
T132
Scott Hend
AUS
4
76
T143
Adam Stephens
AUS
5
77
T143
Connor Syme
SCO
5
77
T143
George Twyman
ENG
5
77
T143
Jack Wilson
AUS
5
77
T143
Jordan Mullaney
AUS
5
77
T143
Matthew Perry
AUS
5
77
T149
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
6
78
T149
Michael Hoey
NIR
6
78
T151
Clement Berardo
FRA
8
80
T151
Lucas Herbert
AUS
8
80
T151
Marcus Fraser
AUS
8
80
T151
Robin Dawson
IRL
8
80
155
Troy Moses
AUS
10
82
156
Antonio Murdaca
AUS
12
84
Pos.
Player
Nat
Today
R1
T1
Jake McLeod
AUS
-6
66
T1
Matt Jager
AUS
-6
66
T3
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-5
67
T3
Jae-Woong Eom
KOR
-5
67
T5
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-4
68
T5
Douglas Klein
AUS
-4
68
T5
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-4
68
T5
Marc Leishman
AUS
-4
68
T5
Mathew Goggin
AUS
-4
68
T10
Aron Price
AUS
-3
69
T10
Curtis Luck
AUS
-3
69
T10
Damien Jordan
AUS
-3
69
T10
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-3
69
T10
Harold Varner III
USA
-3
69
T10
James Morrison
ENG
-3
69
T10
Jarryd Felton
AUS
-3
69
T10
Nick Flanagan
AUS
-3
69
T10
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-3
69
T10
Ryan Fox
NZL
-3
69
T10
Steven Jeffress
AUS
-3
69
T10
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-3
69
T10
Tom Murray
ENG
-3
69
T23
Adam Bland
AUS
-2
70
T23
Adam Blyth
AUS
-2
70
T23
Alexander Knappe
GER
-2
70
T23
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-2
70
T23
Anthony Quayle
AUS
-2
70
T23
Ashley Hall
AUS
-2
70
T23
Ben Eccles
AUS
-2
70
T23
Brad Moules
FIJ
-2
70
T23
Braden Becker
AUS
-2
70
T23
Cameron John
AUS
-2
70
T23
Cameron Smith
AUS
-2
70
T23
Carl Yuan
CHN
-2
70
T23
Daniel Gale
AUS
-2
70
T23
Gareth Paddison
NZL
-2
70
T23
Harrison Endycott
AUS
-2
70
T23
Jason Norris
AUS
-2
70
T23
Jordan Zunic
AUS
-2
70
T23
Paul Maddy
ENG
-2
70
T23
Robert Allenby
AUS
-2
70
T23
Ryan Chisnall
NZL
-2
70
T23
Sam Brazel
AUS
-2
70
T23
Simon Hawkes
AUS
-2
70
T23
Steve Allan
AUS
-2
70
T23
Tim Stewart
AUS
-2
70
T23
Zach Murray
AUS
-2
70
T48
Blake Proverbs
AUS
-1
71
T48
Christopher Wood
AUS
-1
71
T48
Craig Ross
SCO
-1
71
T48
Dale Williamson
AUS
-1
71
T48
David Bransdon
AUS
-1
71
T48
Gavin Green
MAS
-1
71
T48
Jack Senior
ENG
-1
71
T48
Mark Brown
NZL
-1
71
T48
Oliver Farr
WAL
-1
71
T48
Richard Green
AUS
-1
71
T48
Ross McGowan
ENG
-1
71
T48
Taylor MacDonald
FIJ
-1
71
T48
Troy Merritt
USA
-1
71
T61
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
Par
72
T61
Aaron Pike
AUS
Par
72
T61
Austin Connelly
CAN
Par
72
T61
David Boote
WAL
Par
72
T61
Henric Sturehed
SWE
Par
72
T61
Hugues Joannes
BEL
Par
72
T61
John Senden
AUS
Par
72
T61
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
Par
72
T61
Josh Geary
NZL
Par
72
T61
Matthew Griffin
AUS
Par
72
T61
Matthew Millar
AUS
Par
72
T61
Matthew Nixon
ENG
Par
72
T61
Michael Wright
AUS
Par
72
T61
Min-Kyu Kim
KOR
Par
72
T61
Paul Hayden
AUS
Par
72
T61
Peter Senior
AUS
Par
72
T61
Rhein Gibson
AUS
Par
72
T61
Ruben Sondjaja
AUS
Par
72
T61
Ryan Evans
ENG
Par
72
T61
Wade Ormsby
AUS
Par
72
T81
Aaron Townsend
AUS
1
73
T81
Aaron Wilkin
AUS
1
73
T81
Adam Burdett
AUS
1
73
T81
Alex Edge
AUS
1
73
T81
Daan Huizing
NED
1
73
T81
Daniel Fox
AUS
1
73
T81
Daniel Gavins
ENG
1
73
T81
Darren Beck
AUS
1
73
T81
David Cooke
USA
1
73
T81
David McKenzie
AUS
1
73
T81
Duncan Stewart
SCO
1
73
T81
Frazer Droop
AUS
1
73
T81
Geoff Ogilvy
AUS
1
73
T81
Greg Chalmers
AUS
1
73
T81
Jack Munro
AUS
1
73
T81
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
1
73
T81
Jun-Seok Lee
KOR
1
73
T81
Kieran Muir
AUS
1
73
T81
Mitchell A. Brown
AUS
1
73
T81
Nathan Green
AUS
1
73
T81
Peter Cooke
RSA
1
73
T81
Peter O'Malley
AUS
1
73
T81
Renato Paratore
ITA
1
73
T81
Ryan Lynch
AUS
1
73
T81
Sam Lee
FIJ
1
73
T81
Scott Laycock
AUS
1
73
T81
Sean Crocker
USA
1
73
T81
Zihao Chen
CHN
1
73
T109
Daniel Pearce
NZL
2
74
T109
Harry Ellis
ENG
2
74
T109
James Marchesani
AUS
2
74
T109
James Nitties
AUS
2
74
T109
Josh Younger
AUS
2
74
T109
Kieran Pratt
AUS
2
74
T109
Marco Iten
SWE
2
74
T109
Matthew Stieger
AUS
2
74
T109
Michael Hendry
NZL
2
74
T109
Nick Taylor
CAN
2
74
T109
Peter Wilson
ENG
2
74
T109
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
2
74
T109
Rod Pampling
AUS
2
74
T109
Rory Bourke
AUS
2
74
T123
Benjamin Clementson
AUS
3
75
T123
Brett Rankin
AUS
3
75
T123
Cameron Davis
AUS
3
75
T123
Chris Duke
AUS
3
75
T123
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
3
75
T123
David Smail
NZL
3
75
T123
Matthew Lisk
AUS
3
75
T123
Rick Kulacz
AUS
3
75
T123
Tim Hart
AUS
3
75
T132
Anthony Marchesani
AUS
4
76
T132
Campbell Rawson
NZL
4
76
T132
Cory Crawford
AUS
4
76
T132
Dale Brandt-Richards
AUS
4
76
T132
Deyen Lawson
AUS
4
76
T132
Ewen Ferguson
SCO
4
76
T132
James Anstiss
NZL
4
76
T132
Matthew Guyatt
AUS
4
76
T132
Max McCardle
AUS
4
76
T132
Nick Cullen
AUS
4
76
T132
Scott Hend
AUS
4
76
T143
Adam Stephens
AUS
5
77
T143
Connor Syme
SCO
5
77
T143
George Twyman
ENG
5
77
T143
Jack Wilson
AUS
5
77
T143
Jordan Mullaney
AUS
5
77
T143
Matthew Perry
AUS
5
77
T149
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
6
78
T149
Michael Hoey
NIR
6
78
T151
Clement Berardo
FRA
8
80
T151
Lucas Herbert
AUS
8
80
T151
Marcus Fraser
AUS
8
80
T151
Robin Dawson
IRL
8
80
155
Troy Moses
AUS
10
82
156
Antonio Murdaca
AUS
12
84