Australian PGA Championship R1

Home heroes dominate on the Gold Coast

December 19-22
RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
AUD$1,500,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Lucas Herbert carded six birdies and an eagle at RACV Royal Pines Resort to share the first round lead at the Australian PGA Championship with compatriot Brett Rankin.

Australian PGA Championship R1 - Home heroes dominate
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The pair are two of nine Australians inside the top 14, joined by five New Zealanders on three under par or better on the Gold Coast.

After two birdies and an eagle on his first three holes, 24-year-old Herbert, who has recently recovered from a wrist injury, rallied after three dropped shots as he made four gains on his back nine, including three on his final four holes from the sixth to the ninth, to sign for a five under par first round of 67.

“It was an interesting day. I usually set myself targets, numbers-wise, but I didn’t today. I let everything go and enjoyed being out there. The course is in great shape, I just enjoyed being out on a nice golf course with one of my best mates on the bag. That was on my mind, I didn’t feel like I got off to a great start, but then I didn’t feel like I fell too far backwards because I wasn’t concentrating on that either.


“My iron play was pretty good. That’s improved quite a lot in the last few weeks. Good flight in the wind out here, it was a bit breezy on the back nine. It was solid. I didn’t throw shots away with silly doubles, if I stop throwing shots away I’ll go alright.”

He and Rankin sit one stroke ahead of five others, including Herbert’s fellow European Tour members Nick Cullen, Min Woo Lee and Wade Ormsby.

Ryan Fox, who won his maiden European Tour title at the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth in February, shares eighth place on three under par. The Kiwi could secure the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit crown this week, as he leads by almost AUD$75,000 from Zach Murray.

“I’m pretty happy. It’s playing a bit tougher than previous years, the course has settled in a little bit and it’s a little bit firmer out there. You can end up in some pretty bad spots. I played really solid tee to green. Got up and down on a couple of bad shots I hit and made a couple of putts – I probably left a couple out there as well but I’m very happy with three under.”


Major Champions Stewart Cink, winner of The Open at Turnberry ten years ago, and Adam Scott, who won the Masters in 2013, share 15th place on two under. Joining them on that number are Challenge Tour graduates Calum Hill, from Scotland and England’s Jack Senior. Qualifying School graduates Aaron Cockerill and Johannes Veerman, of Canada and the United States respectively, and Damien Perrier, of France, are also two under par after the first round in Queensland.


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By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-5
67
T1
Brett Rankin
AUS
-5
67
T3
Nick Cullen
AUS
-4
68
T3
Ryan Chisnall
NZL
-4
68
T3
Travis Smyth
AUS
-4
68
T3
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
-4
68
T3
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-4
68
T8
Ryan Fox
NZL
-3
69
T8
David Smail
NZL
-3
69
T8
Nick Voke
NZL
-3
69
T8
Andrew Dodt
AUS
-3
69
T8
Michael Wright
AUS
-3
69
T8
Harry Bateman
NZL
-3
69
T8
Jason Norris
AUS
-3
69
T15
Michael Hendry
NZL
-2
70
T15
Anthony Quayle
AUS
-2
70
T15
Damien Perrier
FRA
-2
70
T15
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
-2
70
T15
Carl Yuan
CHN
-2
70
T15
Kade McBride
AUS
-2
70
T15
Steve Allan
AUS
-2
70
T15
Jordan Mullaney
AUS
-2
70
T15
Samuel Eaves
AUS
-2
70
T15
Adam Scott
AUS
-2
70
T15
Stewart Cink
USA
-2
70
T15
Jack Senior
ENG
-2
70
T15
Johannes Veerman
USA
-2
70
T15
Calum Hill
SCO
-2
70
T15
Rod Pampling
AUS
-2
70
T15
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-2
70
T31
Cameron Champ
USA
-1
71
T31
Steven Jeffress
AUS
-1
71
T31
Brad Kennedy
AUS
-1
71
T31
Dale Whitnell
ENG
-1
71
T31
Zach Murray
AUS
-1
71
T31
Sam Brazel
AUS
-1
71
T31
Ben Eccles
AUS
-1
71
T31
Gavin Fairfax
AUS
-1
71
T31
Justin Warren
AUS
-1
71
T31
Rhein Gibson
AUS
-1
71
T31
Richard Green
AUS
-1
71
T31
Bryce Easton
RSA
-1
71
T43
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
Par
72
T43
Cameron Davis
AUS
Par
72
T43
Nick Flanagan
AUS
Par
72
T43
Peter Fowler
AUS
Par
72
T43
Simon Hawkes
AUS
Par
72
T43
Tom Power-Horan
AUS
Par
72
T43
Brett Rumford
AUS
Par
72
T43
Mark R. Brown
AUS
Par
72
T43
Ashley Hall
AUS
Par
72
T43
Min-Kyu Kim
KOR
Par
72
T43
Daniel Pearce
NZL
Par
72
T43
Fraser MacLachlan
NZL
Par
72
T43
Tim Stewart
AUS
Par
72
T43
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
Par
72
T43
Callan O’Reilly
AUS
Par
72
T43
Jake McLeod
AUS
Par
72
T43
Mikumu Horikawa
JPN
Par
72
T43
Daniel Gale
AUS
Par
72
T43
Sami Vaelimaeki
FIN
Par
72
T43
Jack Wilson
AUS
Par
72
T43
David Coupland
ENG
Par
72
T43
Blake Windred
AUS
Par
72
T43
Brady Watt
AUS
Par
72
T43
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
Par
72
T43
James Marchesani
AUS
Par
72
T68
Smylie Kaufman
USA
1
73
T68
Peter Lonard
AUS
1
73
T68
Josh Geary
NZL
1
73
T68
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
1
73
T68
Maverick Antcliff
AUS
1
73
T68
Romain Wattel
FRA
1
73
T68
Chase Hanna
USA
1
73
T68
Lincoln Tighe
AUS
1
73
T68
John Senden
AUS
1
73
T68
Harrison Endycott
AUS
1
73
T68
Adam Bland
AUS
1
73
T68
Marcus Fraser
AUS
1
73
T68
Toby Tree
ENG
1
73
T68
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
1
73
T68
Dylan Perry
AUS
1
73
T68
Jeong-Woo Ham
KOR
1
73
T68
Ross McGowan
ENG
1
73
T68
Jamie Arnold
AUS
1
73
T68
Michael Sim
AUS
1
73
T68
Nathan Green
AUS
1
73
T68
Taylor MacDonald
FJI
1
73
T89
Cameron Smith
AUS
2
74
T89
David Micheluzzi
AUS
2
74
T89
Hugo Leon
CHI
2
74
T89
Marcus Armitage
ENG
2
74
T89
Daniel Hillier
NZL
2
74
T89
Cameron John
AUS
2
74
T89
Daniel Young
SCO
2
74
T89
Hurly Long
GER
2
74
T89
Aaron Zemmer
ITA
2
74
T89
Greg Chalmers
AUS
2
74
T89
Louis De Jager
RSA
2
74
T89
Matthew Stieger
AUS
2
74
T89
Andrew Martin
AUS
2
74
T89
Clement Sordet
FRA
2
74
T89
Adam Burdett
AUS
2
74
T89
Andrew Evans
AUS
2
74
T89
Janne Kaske
FIN
2
74
T89
Antonio Murdaca
AUS
2
74
T107
Deyen Lawson
AUS
3
75
T107
David Bransdon
AUS
3
75
T107
David Howell
ENG
3
75
T107
Matthew Griffin
AUS
3
75
T107
Hyung-Seok Seo
KOR
3
75
T107
James Nitties
AUS
3
75
T107
Christopher Wood
AUS
3
75
T107
Rick Kulacz
AUS
3
75
T107
Jarryd Felton
AUS
3
75
T107
Braden Becker
AUS
3
75
T107
Matt Jager
AUS
3
75
T107
Vernon Sexton-Finck
AUS
3
75
T107
Scott Strange
AUS
3
75
T107
Shae Wools-Cobb
AUS
3
75
T107
Troy Moses
AUS
3
75
T122
Gareth Paddison
NZL
4
76
T122
Cory Crawford
AUS
4
76
T122
Blake Collyer
AUS
4
76
T122
Peter Cooke
RSA
4
76
T122
Michael Long
NZL
4
76
T122
Robin Petersson
SWE
4
76
T122
Campbell Rawson
NZL
4
76
T122
Gary Stal
FRA
4
76
T122
Max McCardle
AUS
4
76
T122
Daniel Gavins
ENG
4
76
T122
Brody Martin
AUS
4
76
T122
James Anstiss
NZL
4
76
T122
Peter Wilson
AUS
4
76
T135
David McKenzie
AUS
5
77
T135
Nick O’Hern
AUS
5
77
T135
Peter Senior
AUS
5
77
T135
Brad Burns
AUS
5
77
T135
Damien Jordan
AUS
5
77
T135
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
5
77
T135
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
5
77
T135
Aaron Pike
AUS
5
77
T135
Denzel Ieremia
NZL
5
77
T135
Matthew Millar
AUS
5
77
T135
Dale Brandt-Richards
AUS
5
77
T146
Peter O’Malley
AUS
6
78
T146
Zihao Chen
CHN
6
78
T146
Darren Beck
AUS
6
78
T146
Scott Laycock
AUS
6
78
T150
Jesper Sandborg
SWE
7
79
T150
Steven Bowditch
AUS
7
79
T150
Aaron Townsend
AUS
7
79
153
Blake Proverbs
AUS
8
80
154
Andrew Campbell
AUS
10
82
155
Robert Allenby
AUS
13
85
RET
Jason Scrivener
AUS
Par
75