Date: December 11, 2014
Author: PGA of Australia

Boo Weekley leads at Australian PGA

The Australian PGA Championship is underway at the RACV Royal Pines Resort with Jarrod Lyle hitting the first ball of the tournament.

Adam Scott got out early and recorded a 4-under 68. A strong start after he struggled in the opening rounds of the BetEasy Masters and Emirates Australian Open.

American Boo Weekley sits a top the leaderboard and is 6-under through 17 which included a magnificent eagle on the par-4 17th. It's been a long time since a US player has won the Australian PGA Championship; Hale Irwin was the last in 1978.

Coming out firing was Thai Professional Chirat Jirasuwan. He made five birdies in his first five holes, his birdie blitz coming to a grinding halt at the 6th hole where he made par followed by a bogey.

This is the Professionals first look at the re-designed front nine hole at RACV Royal Pines and the course is standing up to the challenge.

So far the hardest hole on course is the par-4 7th, its averaging 4.286 with nine bogeys, two doubles and just three birdies.

Scott Strange and Neven Basic started their rounds on the 1st tee and are the leading players to have come through that side of the course.

They are 4-under and 3-under respectively with Strange making two birdies on the front and Basic three.