SYDNEY — John Senden shot a 6-under 66 today to take the early lead in the Australian Open, with Englishman Justin Rose two strokes back along with Kim Felton.
Adam Scott opened with a 72. After practicing with a traditional putter during the week, the Australian used his usual broom-handle putter that he anchors to his chest — a move that is expected to be banned in 2016 in a proposed rule change.
Defending champion Greg Chalmers and Tom Watson, making his first start in the event since winning in 1984, were among the afternoon starters.
Dubai Ladies Masters
At Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Shanshan Feng and Florentyna Parker shot 6-under 66 to share the first-round lead in the Dubai Ladies Masters.
Feng, the first player from mainland China to win a major championship when she won the LPGA Championship in June, had six birdies at the Emirates Golf Club.
Parker moved into a tie for the lead by birdieing the par-5 18th.
American Cindy Lacrosse, the Czech Republic's Klara Spilkova and Wales' Sahra Hassan were a stroke behind in the Ladies European Tour's season-ending event.
Lexi Thompson, the American who won the event last year at age 16, opened with a 69.
Michelle Wie was four shots back after a 70. Spain's Carlota Ciganda, the LET money leader, also opened with a 70.