Last week, David Micheluzzi never looked out of place from start to finish in the Top 10 where he finished 6th in this year’s Australian PGA Championship at the Royal Queensland Golf Club in Brisbane. Right now, he’s currently leading the Men’s tournament after Day 1 of the Australian Open. He collected a total of eight birdies with four each on the front & back nine in a total of 7 under 63.
Joining Micheluzzi, there’s a few other Aussies off to a early flyer in the Top half of the leaderboard other than Josh Geary who hails from New Zealand. There’s Matthew Griffin in Tied 2nd with Geary, as well as the likes of Connor McKinney, Zinko Garcia & Haydn Bannon all sharing the Tied 4th position alongside American Gunner Wiebe, Pierre Pineau from France & Denmark’s Nicolai Hojgaard. Plus, shoutout to the two Peters of Leonard & Cooke, as well as Cameron Percy, Harrison Endycott & Lucas Higgins where they too also justified their strong showings after the first day in T10 at -2.
The returning Lucas Herbert isn’t also far away from the front runners in T10 with an excellent front nine of four birdies at 2 under 70 – after he withdrew prior to Day 2 of the Australian PGA Championship last Friday due to a sore back. He still has unfinished business though going into Day 2 today – so he can try & get a good result here in the hope of not only cementing a Top 50 world rankings finish – but also see him qualify to play at The Masters in early next year in Augusta, Georgia (USA).
If that’s not enough, joint Australian PGA Championship runner-up Ryo Hisatsune from Japan joins Herbert in a crowded Tied 10th spot, while current Australian PGA Championship winner Cam Smith has plenty of catch up to do if he wants to complete the double crown here following a rough Day 1 yesterday in Tied 62nd at one over 71. The same goes with Min-Woo Lee & Jason Scrivener down in T33, as well as Adam Scott in T23 at 1 under 71.