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Lucas Herbert and Brett Rankin shared the first-round lead at the Australian PGA Championship after carding 5-under 67s on Thursday at Royal Pines.
The Australian pair were one clear of a group of five players including New Zealander Ryan Chisnall, while Adam Scott and Stewart Cink were three back after opening 70s. Two-time defending champion Cameron Smith was 2 over.
Herbert went birdie-birdie-eagle in still morning conditions to begin his round before a run of three bogeys. He added four birdies on the back nine to finish before the breeze picked up.
Scott and 2009 British Open winner Cink were among the later starters and had to deal with trickier conditions.
Scott, the 2013 Australian PGA champion, made long-range putts for eagle and birdie to stay in touch despite a double bogey on the par-4 13th hole, when he hit into the water off the tee.
”I’m putting good. I’m playing good. Unfortunately I really miss-hit that drive off 13 and it cost me,” said Scott, who is chasing his first title since 2016. ”Other than that, it was pretty much stress free. I was very happy with it because it wasn’t very easy out there.
Smith, aiming to be the first player in more than 100 years to win three straight Australian PGA titles, said he lacked energy after an emotional Presidents Cup last week in Melbourne, where he and Scott were part of the International team that gave up an early lead before losing to Tiger Woods’ U.S. team.
He was even at the turn but had two bogeys and a double-bogey in a three-hole sequence.
”I’m just tire. Just a long couple weeks. It was as easy as it’s going to get out there this morning, so it was pretty disappointing to shoot what I shot,” he said.
Joaquin Niemann on Sunday became the first player from Chile to win on the PGA Tour.
Another first for the 20-year-old: He cracked the Official World Golf Ranking’s top 50.
The former amateur No. 1 is now OWGR No. 50 coming off his win at the Greenbrier.
The victory earned him full-time PGA Tour status through the 2021-22 season and secured him exemptions into next year’s Players, Masters and PGA Championship.
Niemann is now slated to make his first appearance in a World Golf Championship next year in Memphis but can do so months sooner at the HSBC Champions in China if he’s still inside the top 50 on Oct. 14.
In Amsterdam, Sergio Garcia picked up his 16th European Tour title at the KLM Open. The victory advances Garcia to 32nd in the world and vaults him past Rafa Cabrera Bello (No. 42) in the race for the second Spanish Olympic berth to next year’s Games in Tokyo, behind No. 6 Jon Rahm.
The runner-up to Garcia, 18-year-old Nicolai Hojgaard managed to rocket up 622nd spots, from 1002nd to 380th. Hojgaard, who turned pro earlier this year, also secured himself a spot in the field at this month’s Alfred Dunhill Links, where he’ll look to further his nascent career.
The only move inside the top 10 this week, Francesco Molinari jumped from No. 11 to No. 9, dropping Xander Schauffele to 10th and Bryson DeChambeau to 11th.
Here’s the OWGR top 10 for the week of Sept. 16: 1. Brooks Koepka, 2. Rory McIlroy, 3. Dustin Johnson, 4. Justin Rose, 5. Justin Thomas, 6. Jon Rham, 7. Patrick Cantlay, 8. Tiger Woods, 9. Francesco Molinari, 10. Xander Schauffele.
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