Amateurs Kanaya, An-you share first-round lead at Australian Open
SYDNEY — World No. 1-ranked newbie Takumi Kanaya birdied his ultimate two holes Thursday for a 6-under 65 and a tie for the first-round lead with fellow Asian newbie Chun An-you of Taiwan.
Taking part in the again 9 at The Australian Golf Course to open his spherical, the Japanese participant had 5 birdies. He bogeyed the par-Four third gap earlier than making birdie on the eighth and ninth holes.
The leaders had a two-stroke lead over 2015 champion Matt Jones and fellow Australians Dimi Papadatos and Daniel Nisbet.
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A winner final month in his homeland, 21-year-old Kanaya’s spherical got here 4 years after he signed for an 85 at The Australian whereas on his Open debut on the similar venue.
“I’ve somewhat confidence, however I’ve three extra days, so I’ll do my finest tomorrow,” Kanaya mentioned.
Jones complained of burning eyes from the smoke blowing in from surrounding bushfires in New South Wales state.
‘’It’s terrible,’” Jones mentioned. “The smoke’s not good in any respect. It is powerful to see your golf ball while you’re on the market taking part in, the place it finishes. Your eyes do fritter away. I hope my children are inside within the resort room.”