As the Australian Open golf tournament players played the first round of the tournament in Sydney, Australian Lincoln Tighe was leading the pack, with world number one Jordan Spieth, 22, trailing five shots behind him. The golfers were all fighting some rough and windy conditions as they played, making things hard for all of the players.

Tighe enjoying one shot lead in Australian Open

Tighe, 26, the reigning New South Wales PGA champion, is also in the final qualifying stages of the PGA Tour's secondary Tour that takes place next week. In the Australian Open, he was enjoying a one-shot lead with a five under par 66.

After Tighe came in from the course another Australian player, Matthew Jones, who shot a 67 at second, and a previous Australian Open winner, Geoff Ogilvy, was tied for third place in the tourney with Taiwan amateur Chun-An Yu and Australia's Todd Sinnott. All three of them had a score of three under par 68s.

Tighe is enjoying his second appearance in the tournament after he missed the cut last year, and says he is very pleased with his performance and that he has always loved the Australian Club because it sets up very well for him. He added that today’s round was good timing for him as he got ready to go back to the States December 7 for the last qualifying round of the tour.

World One Spieth in 19th place on opening day

Spieth was tied in 19th place on day one after recording three birdies, as well as three bogeys in a level par 71 on the Australian Club course. He started off the day with a 12-foot right-to-left birdie on the par four 10th hole. Spieth admitted later that this hole was one of the highlights of what became a frustrating day for the champion golfer.

Spieth went to two under par with a birdie at his fifth hole, however, he ended up dropping a shot at the next one, then went to two under par with a birdie on his ninth hole. He then bogeyed his 13th and final hole, possibly because he was seen to pull the wrong club, and that put his second shot far away from the green.

Spieth said the wind definitely played a factor in his problems, saying that it was a guessing game to know which club to use and how to play to defeat it.

Finished scores in first round

So, the first few leading scores for the first round of the Australian Open were: Lincoln Tighe in first place at 66, Matthew Jones in second with 67, and Geoff Ogilvy, Chun-An YU, and Todd Sinnot tied for third place with 68.

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