Australian Open Round 1 State of Play Live

Thursday 28thNovember 2013, 7.08pm

The last man out today, John Young Kim is back in the clubhouse at 7-under and tied second with Ryan Yip. They trail Adam Scott by three shots.

Thanks everyone for joining us for a fantastic first round of the Emirates Australian Open.

For a full summary of round 1 please click here and you can click here to see some photos from the day.

For all round 1 scores please click here.

The second round gets underway tomorrow morning at 6.50am with Adam Scott on course at Royal Sydney at 12.10pm. For all tee times please click here.

We look forward to keeping you up to date with all the round 2 action tomorrow.


Thursday 28thNovember 2013, 6.35pm

It's late in the day but that's not stopping John Young Kim from making a move on the leaderboard.

Playing in the last group of the day, the American OneAisa regular is 6-under with two holes to play in R1 and making a late charge towards Scotty's charge.  

Also recently finished, Victorian Alistair Presnell signed for a 5-under 67 to finish in T5.

Tournament invite Max MCCardle made the most of his start in the Emirates Australian Open, finishing birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie to sit T9 at 4-under.  

Thursday 28thNovember 2013, 5.20pm

Matt Jones has completed his first round at the Emirates Australian Open on 4-under 68. In just the third group of the afternoon round he is the best on his side of the draw so far.

Another Jones, this time Steve, is also 4-under with four holes to play. He is enjoying competing at Royal Sydney after having to miss the Talisker Masters at Royal Melbourne to attend Tour qualifying school.

Playing in the same group as Matt Jones, Rory McIlory birdied the last to finish on 3-under 69. It was a mixed round for McIlroy who had five birdies and two bogeys on his scorecard. While the third member of their group, John Senden finished at 1-over par.

Thursday 28thNovember 2013, 4.15pm

If you missed it earlier today, take a look at who our golf gurus are tipping for this week’s Expert Picks competition.

Adam Scott is definitely a favourite but there are a couple of other roughies who might surpise you.

Check it out here.

Thursday 28thNovember 2013, 3.30pm

Matt Jones has moved into the top-5 on the leaderboard courtesy of birdies on the par-4 12th and par-5 5th. Playing on the PGA TOUR in 2013 Jones enjoyed one of his best seasons to date with five top-10 finishes.

A shot behind Jones on 4-under the card is 25-year old Victorian Ryan Lynch. A tournament invite this week, Lynch had a solid start to the 2013 season with a runner-up finish at the Victorian Open. Perhaps a sign for good things to come his dad, Dale Lynch, was caddying for him that week and is making a return to the bag at Royal Sydney.

Dale Lynch is one of Australia’s most well known golf coaches, working with the likes of Geoff Ogilvy, Mathew Goggin and Aaron Baddeley.


Thursday 28th November 2013, 2.30pm

We’ve all taken a deep breath after an eventful morning and the afternoon field is now out on course.

While there’s not a lot of movement at the top of the leaderboard, Nick O’Hern is the leading player on course at 3-under through nine holes. O’Hern hasn’t won in Australia since the 2006 Australian PGA Championship and is yet to put his name on the Stonehaven Cup.

Having struggled with his putting on and off throughout his successful career, we yesterday saw O’Hern picking up some tips on the practice green from none other than Ian Baker-Finch. Looks like IBF’s tips are coming in handy.

Playing alongside McIlroy and Ogilvy, Matt Jones is also 3-under so far today. McIlroy is a shot back at 2-under while Ogilvy is at 1-under alongside defending champion Peter Senior.  

In some not-so-great news, Kim Felton has unfortunately been disqualified from the tournament after signing for an incorrect scorecard. Word is that Kim signed for an incorrect score on 18, but we’re hoping to verify with him soon.  

Thursday 28th November 2013, 1.40pm

It has been quite the homecoming for our Masters Champion; Adam is now 45-under after 234 holes on home soil across the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola, Talisker Masters, ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf and Emirates Australian Open. For those who likes mathematics, that’s a birdie every 5.2 holes on average.

While the morning has been all about Adam Scott, Canadian Ryan Yip has also been impressive finishing his first round at 7-under the card. A further shot back is Victorian David McKenzie who won the Victorian PGA Championship at the start of the year.

Two time Australian Open champion Aaron Baddeley has also had an impressive return home opening with a 5-under 67. He is joined by South Australian Jason Norris and young gun Jason Scrivener. It’s not often you shot a 67 in the first round of a tournament and still trail by five shots!

The afternoon field is now on course with last week’s Gloria Jean’s Coffees NSW Open champion Aron Price leading the charge at 2-under the card. Also at 2-under are Rory McIlroy, Nick O'Hern, Peter Lonard and Matt Jones.

Thursday 28th November 2013, 11.30am

After a dream run through his first nine holes it took Adam Scott six holes to get his first birdie on the front nine (shock horror!) but he’s now jumped to a two shot lead at 7-under thanks to a birdie on the 6thhole. (Remember, he started from the 10th hole.)

Scott's playing partner Jason Day is under par and into the top 20 for the first time today. Three birdies through the back nine really hurt the World Cup champ early on, but he’s been able to pull it back with a couple of birdie opps still remaining on his closing holes.

For those watching the father and son battle of the Stolz family, Andre and Zac are both even par at the moment. We’ll keep you updated with who has bragging rights at the end of R1.

Overall the top 10 is swimming with Australian flags with the exception of Canada’s Ryan Yip who is T4 at 4-under par.

There are 11 countries represented in the Emirates Australian Open field this week with 48 players in total hailing from outside of Australia.

The afternoon field is fast approaching. Rory McIlroy tees off the first hole at 12.10pm alongside Geoff Ogilvy and Matt Jones. Get there if you can.

Thursday 28th November 2013, 10.30am

Adam Scott continues to lead the Emirates Australian Open, but there are also some strong rounds building from elsewhere in the field.

Scott Laycock is second at 5-under and, with the help of an eagle on 7, Jason Norris has jumped into third place alongside Nathan Holman and Steven Bowditch.

Interestingly Norris is one of five players that share the course record here at Royal Sydney.

Norris shot the record 65 in R2 of the 2008 Australian Open and shares the low round with Mat Goggin (currently T10 at 2-under), Stephen Dartnall, Ewan Porter and Chris Gaunt, also from the 2008 Open.   

Of other key players in the morning field, Aaron Baddeley is into the top 10 in his first and only Aussie event of the summer while Jason Day is back to even after a bogey, bogey start. 

Thursday 28th November 2013, 9.40am

What a morning of golf! A few hours in and Adam Scott is continuing the dream run here at Royal Sydney, his pursuit for the Triple Crown well and truly alive.

Adam birdied the first five holes of his morning round and is about to tee off the front nine already at 6-under the card.

While still early, there’s a massive crowd out following Adam and his playing partners Day and Streelman, and we only expect that to build over the next hour.

Scott leads by one over Scott Laycock and Rookie Professional Nathan Holman who are at 5-under par.

Queenslander Stephen Bowditch is fourth at 4-under par.

Click here to check out all live scores.

Thursday 28th November 2013, 8.05am

Welcome to the PGA’s State of Play for the 2013 Emirates Australian Open.

The morning field is underway here at Royal Sydney Golf Club with drawcards Adam Scott and Jason Day already out on course.

It’s been a good start for the US Masters Champion Scott who is already 3-under through 3 holes and in a share of the early lead, but the same can’t be said for his World Cup of Golf teammate Day.

Teeing off the back nine Day started bogey, bogey before getting one back with a birdie on 3.

We’re all set for a great day here at Royal Sydney – stay tuned for updates throughout the day! 

 Round 1 Preview - Thursday 28th November 2013

2013 Emirates Australian Open - Round 1 Preview
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