World No.1 Jordan Spieth upstaged at Australian Open

LITTLE-known Wollongong professional Lincoln Tighe has upstaged American world No.1 Jordan Spieth to be the early pacesetter  on the opening day of the Australian Open in Sydney.

   The big-hitting Port Kembla professional made easy work of the tough conditions on a hot and windy Australian Golf Course to be the clubhouse leader following a first round five-under 66 which would have been even better except for a three-putt bogey stumble on his second last hole.

    At  95kgs and 192cm, Tighe has the physique of a rugby league player and smashes the ball a country mile.

    Thousands of spectators turned up early, many to follow the fortunes of Spieth in his defence of the STONEHAVEN Cup he won last year with a brilliant closing round 63 before going on to complete a stunning 2015 season featuring two major victories.

   The young American started exactly where he left off last year by birdieing his first hole.

   But he really got his putter hot, eventually finishing with an uneventful even par 71.

   "It was tough out there playing guessing with the side winds," said Spieth.

   "(The) Hard part for me is finishing even when I was two under, but it is what it is."

   Spieth said he would need to shoot under par tomorrow to stay in the tournament.

   "I know I can strike ball a lot better but it was a day in winch even par felt like three or four under," he said."

   Meanwhile Queenslander Adam Scott, who had a disappointing Masters last weekend, rolled in a lovely birdie putt at the fast to get his round off to a flying start.

Lincoln Tighe            Source: Facebook
Lincoln Tighe Source: Facebook

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