Talor Gooch leads after the first round of LIV Golf in Australia

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Adelaide, Australia – Tallor Gotch He lined up the LIV Golf Tour’s hottest names by shooting a 10-under 62 on Friday to take a four-stroke lead after the first round of the inaugural Australian Championship at The Grange.

The 31-year-old American started with a bonus on the opening hole in the starting gun par-3 12 but then had 10 birdies, including five in a row.

Two more players in the spam category – Richard Bland And Dean Burmester – Shot 66 seconds and tied for the second time. Five players tied for fourth place between them Danny Leewho won his second LIV event in Arizona in mid-March.

“If anyone says they weren’t surprised at the age of 10, they’re lying,” Gooch said. “It’s the day you work hard for… It was one of those rounds where I would hit it and get a lot of hitters, so it was fun.”

Notable names in the 48-man field were trailing on the leaderboard.

Sergio Garcia Shot 68, the British Open champion Cameron Smith And Brooks Koepka He had 69 seconds. Phil Mickelson And Bubba Watson 70s, and Patrick Reid And Dustin Johnson snapshot 71. Brison Dechambeau was 73.

LIV Golf and local organizers said there was a sellout crowd of 35,000 on the first day. Local media reported that there were long lines of fans waiting to enter the course when the golfers left just after midday in Adelaide.

“The energy was really high out there,” said Smith, who is Australian. “It’s nice to have a lot of people riding with you, but it’s also very stressful—you want to hit a good shot all the time, it’s not as flush as it usually is.”

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Johnson’s team, Aces GC, led the team leaderboard entering their fourth championship of the year. Charles Howell IIIwho won the season-opening event in Mexico and shot a 69 on Friday, leads the overall individual standings ahead of Koepka, who won the most recent LIV Championship, in Orlando.

The individual winner of The Grange will collect $4 million from a total purse of $20 million.

The 14-event season continues next weekend at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.

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