Sydney: Former world number one Jason Day made a flying start to the 102nd Australian Open on Thursday, shooting a five-under-par 66 to be among the early pacesetters.
The 2015 PGA Championship winner made the most of his early tee time, collecting eight birdies before the wind started to pick up and make scoring more difficult for the late starters at The Australian Golf Club.
Playing the back nine first, Day dropped a shot at the par-three 15th hole, then double-bogeyed the eighth hole, his second last, to finish three strokes behind the early clubhouse leader Cameron Davis.
"I made a couple of mistakes out there with some swings, but made, I think, eight birdies, which was nice and finished at five-under, which is a good start to the week," Day said.
Davis birdied six of his first seven holes before the wind gusts put a halt to his phenomenal start and he eventually signed for a 63, enough to grab a two-stroke lead over Taylor Macdonald, ranked 1,809th in the world.
Davis, who turned professional after winning the 2015 Australian Amateur title then helping Australia win the Eisenhower Trophy in 2016, could hardly contain his excitement after chipping in for birdie at the seventh to get to six-under.