Sergio Garcia in contention after first round of Australian PGA

Triple bogey on the 18th for Michael Hoey at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast

 Sergio Garcia of Spain lines up a putt on the 18th hole during day one of the 2017 Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines Resort. Photograph: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Sergio Garcia of Spain lines up a putt on the 18th hole during day one of the 2017 Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines Resort. Photograph: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

 

Home players Jordan Zunic and Adam Bland led the way on six under par after the opening round of the Australian PGA Championship.

The pair both went round in 66 to claim a one-shot lead over a group of five players, including Spain’s Sergio Garcia, at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.

Zunic carded six birdies and an eagle alongside two bogeys, with Bland picking up seven birdies, including four in a row from the fifth, and only dropping a shot at the last.

Garcia’s round included five birdies and it left him alongside Marc Leishman, Peter Senior, Daniel Nisbet and Michael Wright.

Ireland’s Michael Hoey shot a three over par 75, which included a triple bogey on the 18th.

England’s Paul Maddy was the highest-placed British player in the field in a tie for 27th after an opening 70.

Collated first round scores (UK unless stated, par 72):

66 Jordan Zunic (Aus), Adam Bland (Aus)

67 Daniel Nisbet (Aus), Marc Leishman (Aus), Sergio Garcia (Spa), Peter Senior(Aus), Michael Wright(Aus)

68 Cameron Smith (Aus), Lucas Herbert (Aus), Steve Dartnall (USA), Rhein Gibson(Aus), Greg Chalmers(Aus), Brett Rankin(Aus), James Nitties(Aus)

69 Dale Brandt-Richards (Aus), Rory Bourke (Aus), Andrew Martin (Aus), Mark Brown(Nzl), Andrew Schonewillie(Aus), Josh Geary(Nzl), Joachim B. Hansen(Den), Josh Younger(Aus), Craig Parry(Aus), David Bransdon(Aus), Sean Crocker(USA), Travis Smyth(Aus)

70 Kramer Hickok (USA), Michael Sim (Aus), Mitchell Brown (Aus), Adrian Meronk(Pol), Michael Hendry(Nzl), Ryan Haller(Aus), Paul Maddy, Brad Shilton(Nzl), Kim Koivu(Fin), Jason Norris(Aus), Ryan Evans, Michael Long(Nzl), Rod Pampling(Aus), Christopher Wood(Aus)

71 Matt Jones (Aus), Harold Varner III (USA), Mikko Ilonen (Fin), Joakim Lagergren(Swe), Brett Coletta(Aus), Tim Hart(Aus), Jack Wilson(Aus), Wade Ormsby(Aus), Thomas Detry(Bel), Adam Blyth(Aus), Adri Arnaus(Spa), Ben Eccles(Aus), Steve Webster, Adam Scott(Aus), Daniel Im(USA), Xue-wen Luo (Chn), Andrew Dodt(Aus), Stuart Manley (Wa), Tom Power Horan(Aus), Chris Hanson, Taylor MacDonald(Aus), Oliver Farr (Wal)

72 Minchel Choi (Rsa), Nathan Holman (Aus), Jason Scrivener (Aus), Robert Karlsson(Swe), Samuel Eaves(Aus), Jun-seok Lee(Aus), Ryan Woodward(Aus), Troy Moses(Aus), Daniel Pearce(Nzl), Max McCardle(Aus), Alexander Knappe (De), Jamie Arnold(Aus), Cory Crawford(Aus), Hugo Leon(USA), Christopher Mivis(Bel), Matthew Giles(Aus), Lincoln Tighe(Aus), Brad Moules(Aus), James Marchesani(USA), Marco Zirov(Aus), Jake McLeod(Aus), Richard Green(Aus), Victor Perez(Fra), Sam Brazel(Aus), Dimitrios Papadatos(Aus)

73 David Smail (Nzl), Nathan Kimsey , Peter Cooke (Aus), Emilio Cuartero Blanco(Spa), Damien Jordan(Aus), Chase Koepka(USA), Mike Weir(Can), Matthew Millar(Aus), Curtis Luck(Aus), Michael Choi(Aus), Matthew Griffin(Aus), Marcus Fraser(Aus), Paul Spargo(Aus), Matthew Nixon, Geoff Drakeford(Aus), Jonas Blixt(Swe), Deyen Lawson(Aus), Mathew Goggin(Aus), Rick Kulacz(Aus)

74 Marcus Armitage , Matthew Docking (Aus), Oliver Goss (Aus), Darren Beck(Aus), Callan O’Reilly(Aus), Jack Singh Brar, Birgir Hafthorsson(Ice), Nick O’Hern(Aus), Simon Khan, Johan Edfors(Swe), Kristian Krogh Johannessen(Nor), Nathan Green(Aus), Kristopher Mueck(Aus), Ben Campbell(Nzl), Marco Iten(Chn), Jarryd Felton(Aus), Aron Price(Aus)

75 Alex Edge (Aus), Daniel Popovic (Aus), Ryan Fox (Nzl), Josh Cabban (Aus), Scott Henry(Sco), Grant Forrest(Sco), Chris Paisley, Daniel Valente(Aus), Harrison Endycott(Aus), Lindsay Wilson(Aus), Peter Wilson(Aus), Jack Munro(Aus), Michael Hoey(Irl)

76 Brett Rumford (Aus), Talor Gooch (USA), Daniel Fox (Aus), Go-Woong Choi (Kr), Garrick Porteous

77 Rongjian Tang (Chn), Lasse Jensen (Den), Blake Proverbs (Aus), Kieran Muir(Nzl), Frazer Droop(Aus), Hui-lin Zhang (Chn)

78 Tom Lewis , Chris Gaunt (Aus), Robert Allenby (Aus), Peter O’Malley(Aus)

79 Matthew Guyatt (Aus)

80 Chris McCourt (Aus), Duncan Stewart (Sco)

81 Philipp Mejow (Ger), Ashley Hall (Aus)

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