South Korea’s An Byeong-hun grabbed a one-shot lead at the Australian Open on Thursday as Matt Kucher stayed in the hunt to win back-to-back tournaments after breaking a long drought in Mexico last week.
An, who plays on the US PGA Tour, hit an eagle and five birdies in his five-under-par 67 to lead by a stroke from Australians Matt Jager and young amateur David Micheluzzi in tough, windy conditions.
Kuchar, who only arrived at SAustralian Open: An Byeong leads,Matt remains in huntydney’s The Lakes course on Wednesday morning after missing a connection in Los Angeles, is three off the pace, mixing four birdies with two bogeys.
The 40-year-old, who won his first tournament in four years at the Mayakoba Classic in Playa del Carmen on Sunday, is the highest-ranked player in the field at 29.
Lahiri makes a modest start
India’s Anirban Lahiri fells to a double bogey on the ninth, his closing hole for the first day to finish at one-over 73 and lie tied 41st. Lahiri, who stated from the 10th tee, was two-under through first six holes with three birdies and one bogey. That became three under with a birdie on second but back-to-back bogeys on third and fourth set Lahiri back. He fought back with a birdie on sixth at which point he was still one-under but a double on Par-3 ninth ruined the card.
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