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01.12.2016 - Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, Round One Report Andrew Dodt storms into the lead on the Gold Coast

Andrew Dodt fired a sparkling opening round of 65 to establish a two-shot lead before the threat of lightning saw play suspended on day one of the Australian PGA Championship. In the calmer morning conditions, Dodt recorded eight birdies and a solitary bogey to sit one stroke ahead of New Zealander Ryan Fox and Americans Julian Suri and Harold Varner III, with the latter still left with four holes to complete when the horn sounded at 3.15pm

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Andrew Dodt fired a sparkling opening round of 65 to establish a two-shot lead. ©Getty Images

Beautiful conditions had greeted the players as the 2017 Race to Dubai got underway on Thursday morning, with 2016 Challenge Tour Rankings winner Jordan Smith hitting the opening tee-shot. But the expected high winds arrived in the afternoon and brought with them some biblical storms, with half the field yet to complete their first rounds. That was no problem for Dodt, however, who was in the clubhouse on seven under par having come home in an excellent 31 after starting on the back nine. The two-time European Tour winner made just seven of 20 cuts last season, but has been working on his game in recent months and is glad to see that work starting to bear fruit.

Ryan Fox’s flawless round of 67 was a continuation of the fine form he showed on the Challenge Tour last season, as the Kiwi – whose father Grant won the Rugby World Cup with the All Blacks – finished fourth in the Road to Oman Rankings. US PGA Tour Member Varner III is also yet to drop a shot after 14 holes, whilst his compatriot Suri fought back bravely – he was one over par after four holes – to get his European Tour career off to a flying start. Home favourite Adam Scott showed his intent with a four under par opening round of 68, which featured a long eagle putt on the 12th hole, while Ian Poulter is on level par after 15 holes.

Partial Round One Scores

1 65 -7 Andrew Dodt AUS 65 18

2= 67 -5 Ryan Fox NZL 67 18

2= 67 -5 Julian Suri USA 67 18

2=   -5 Harold Varner III USA (-5) 14

5= 68 -4 Adam Scott AUS 68 18

5= 68 -4 Nick Cullen AUS 68 18

5= 68 -4 Natipong Srithong THA 68 18

5= 68 -4 Paul Waring ENG 68 18

5= 68 -4 Todd Sinnott AUS 68 18

5= 68 -4 Geoff Drakeford AUS 68 18

11= 69 -3 Michael Sim AUS 69 18

11= 69 -3 Peter O'Malley AUS 69 18

11= 69 -3 Danny Lee NZL 69 18

11= 69 -3 Daniel Nisbet AUS 69 18

11= 69 -3 Niclas Johansson SWE 69 18

11= 69 -3 Rohan Blizard AUS 69 18

11=   -3 Jarrod Lyle AUS (-3) 13

11=   -3 Matthew Griffin AUS (-3) 13

11=   -3 Ashley Hall AUS (-3) 11

11=   -3 Adam Stephens AUS (-3) 10

21= 70 -2 Daniel Popovic AUS 70 18

21= 70 -2 Greg Chalmers AUS 70 18

21= 70 -2 Marc Leishman AUS 70 18

21= 70 -2 John Senden AUS 70 18

21= 70 -2 Robert Allenby AUS 70 18

21=   -2 Brett Rumford AUS (-2) 14

21=   -2 Lincoln Tighe AUS (-2) 12

21=   -2 Oliver Farr WAL (-2) 11

29= 71 -1 Cameron Smith AUS 71 18

29= 71 -1 Hyowon Park KOR 71 18

29= 71 -1 Rhein Gibson AUS 71 18

29=   -1 Simon Dyson ENG (-1) 15

29=   -1 Jordan Zunic AUS (-1) 13

29=   -1 Stephen Leaney AUS (-1) 11

29=   -1 Ryan McCarthy AUS (-1) 10

29=   -1 Jason Norris AUS (-1) 10

37= 72 Par Stephen Gallacher SCO 72 18

37= 72 Par Adam Blyth AUS 72 18

37= 72 Par Bradley Neil SCO 72 18

37= 72 Par Thitiphun Chuayprakong THA 72 18

37= 72 Par Jake McLeod AUS 72 18

37= 72 Par Harry Bateman NZL 72 18

37=   Par Brad Kennedy AUS (Par) 17

37=   Par Mathew Goggin AUS (Par) 15

37=   Par Ian Poulter ENG (Par) 15

37=   Par Wade Ormsby AUS (Par) 13

37=   Par Brett Coletta (am) AUS (Par) 12

37=   Par Scott Laycock AUS (Par) 11

37=   Par Ben Eccles AUS (Par) 11

37=   Par Ross Kellett SCO (Par) 11

37=   Par Martin Pettigrew NZL (Par) 10

37=   Par Ryan Haller AUS (Par) 9

37=   Par Scott Strange AUS (Par) 9

37=   Par Jamie Hook AUS (Par) 8

37=   Par Paul Hayden AUS (Par) 7

56= 73 1 Peter Lonard AUS 73 18

56= 73 1 Craig Parry AUS 73 18

56= 73 1 Tom Lewis ENG 73 18

56= 73 1 Anthony Brown AUS 73 18

56= 73 1 Jason Scrivener AUS 73 18

56= 73 1 Marcus Both AUS 73 18

56= 73 1 Ryan Evans ENG 73 18

56= 73 1 Byungjun Kim KOR 73 18

56= 73 1 Borja Etchart ESP 73 18

56=   1 Duncan Stewart SCO (+1) 15

56=   1 Rod Pampling AUS (+1) 14

56=   1 Brett Drewitt AUS (+1) 14

56=   1 Prom Meesawat THA (+1) 12

56=   1 Michael Hendry NZL (+1) 12

56=   1 Matt Ford ENG (+1) 11

56=   1 Aaron Rai ENG (+1) 11

56=   1 Michael Jonzon SWE (+1) 11

56=   1 Josh Younger AUS (+1) 11

56=   1 Kalem Richardson AUS (+1) 10

56=   1 Matthew Docking AUS (+1) 9

56=   1 Tom Power Horan AUS (+1) 8

56=   1 Chris Duke AUS (+1) 8

56=   1 Chris Gaunt AUS (+1) 8

56=   1 Matthew Giles AUS (+1) 7

80= 74 2 Richard Green AUS 74 18

80= 74 2 Richard Finch ENG 74 18

80= 74 2 Jaco Van Zyl ZAF 74 18

80= 74 2 Daniel Fox AUS 74 18

80= 74 2 Gary King ENG 74 18

80= 74 2 Terry Pilkadaris AUS 74 18

80= 74 2 Cameron Davis AUS 74 18

80= 74 2 Romain Langasque FRA 74 18

80= 74 2 Danthai Boonma THA 74 18

80= 74 2 Nino Bertasio ITA 74 18

80= 74 2 Jarryd Felton AUS 74 18

80= 74 2 Charlie Ford ENG 74 18

80= 74 2 Sam Cyr USA 74 18

80= 74 2 David McKenzie AUS 74 18

80= 74 2 Panuphol Pittayarat THA 74 18

80= 74 2 Michael Wright AUS 74 18

80= 74 2 Taylor Macdonald AUS 74 18

80=   2 Stuart Manley WAL (+2) 17

80=   2 Y.E. Yang KOR (+2) 15

80=   2 Matthew Millar AUS (+2) 15

80=   2 Darius van Driel NED (+2) 15

80=   2 Scott Hend AUS (+2) 14

80=   2 Aaron Pike AUS (+2) 14

80=   2 Ben Evans ENG (+2) 12

80=   2 Nathan Buzimkic AUS (+2) 10

80=   2 Anthony Summers AUS (+2) 10

80=   2 Mark Brown NZL (+2) 9

80=   2 Rory Bourke AUS (+2) 8

80=   2 Edward Stedman AUS (+2) 8

109= 75 3 Scott Arnold AUS 75 18

109= 75 3 Steve Webster ENG 75 18

109= 75 3 Kristopher Mueck AUS 75 18

109= 75 3 Weiyu Zhu CHN 75 18

109= 75 3 Junsung Kim KOR 75 18

109= 75 3 David Klein DEU 75 18

109= 75 3 Pavit Tangkamolprasert THA 75 18

109= 75 3 Mitchell A. Brown AUS 75 18

109= 75 3 Sangyeop Lee KOR 75 18

109=   3 Kurt Barnes AUS (+3) 17

109=   3 Max McCardle AUS (+3) 16

109=   3 Nathan Holman AUS (+3) 14

109=   3 Marcus Fraser AUS (+3) 14

109=   3 Edoardo Molinari ITA (+3) 12

109=   3 Stephen Dartnall AUS (+3) 11

109=   3 James Nitties AUS (+3) 10

109=   3 Borja Virto Astudillo ESP (+3) 9

109=   3 Deyen Lawson AUS (+3) 8

109=   3 James Gibellini AUS (+3) 8

128= 76 4 Peter Uihlein USA 76 18

128= 76 4 Curtis Luck (am) AUS 76 18

128= 76 4 Michael Long NZL 76 18

128= 76 4 Darren Beck AUS 76 18

128=   4 Josh Geary NZL (+4) 11

128=   4 Ryan Lynch AUS (+4) 10

128=   4 Jin Jeong KOR (+4) 10

128=   4 Mikael Lundberg SWE (+4) 10

128=   4 David Gleeson AUS (+4) 8

128=   4 Maverick Antcliff AUS (+4) 8

128=   4 Brett Rankin AUS (+4) 8

139= 77 5 Aron Price AUS 77 18

139= 77 5 Dimitrios Papadatos AUS 77 18

139=   5 Jamie Sadlowski CAN (+5) 16

139=   5 Robert Dinwiddie ENG (+5) 14

139=   5 Samuel Brazel AUS (+5) 11

139=   5 Christopher Akers AUS (+5) 9

139=   5 Callan O'Reilly AUS (+5) 8

146= 78 6 Jordan Smith ENG 78 18

146= 78 6 Brad Moules AUS 78 18

146= 78 6 Neven Basic AUS 78 18

146= 78 6 Nelson Turner AUS 78 18

146=   6 Simon Khan ENG (+6) 13

151= 79 7 Anthony Houston AUS 79 18

151= 79 7 Ben Campbell NZL 79 18

151=   7 Jack Wilson AUS (+7) 7

154 80 8 Cory Crawford AUS 80 18

155 88 16 Ryan Laird AUS 88 18

156 DSQ - Jose-Filipe Lima POR DSQ 18