Date: November 10, 2011
Author: Steve Orme at The Lakes, Sportal

Tiger lurks for Lyle

Victorian Jarrod Lyle leads the Emirates Australian Open by a shot after a firing a sizzling seven-under 65 on day one, but Tiger Woods is lurking just three strokes back. Lyle scorched around the tricky Lakes layout on Thursday morning, with Americans Dustin Johnson and Nick Watney his closest pursuers at minus six. United States Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples and locals Steven Jones, Greg Chalmers and James Nitties are all a further shot back after carding opening 67s. Of the six players at four under, Woods was the only one to face the treacherous afternoon conditions. The former world No.1 hit an impressive 14-of-18 greens in regulation to sit in a share of eighth spot alongside compatriot Bubba Watson and amateur Jake Higginbottom. Tournament favourite Adam Scott is also well placed after carding a three-under 69 that included a spectacular albatross at the par-five 8th. The Queenslander began with a birdie but surrendered two early bogeys before producing the shot of the tournament, a majestic six-iron from 199m which bounced short of the pin and never looked like missing en route to the bottom of the cup. Jason Day handled the pressure of playing alongside Woods for the first time in his career, signing for a 69, while defending champion Geoff Ogilvy mixed five birdies with three bogeys to post an opening two-under 70. Former Stonehaven Cup winners Craig Parry and John Senden are also at two under, while Greg Norman is among a cluster of players at minus one after signing for a 71. Bill Hass and veteran Peter Senior both signed for level-par rounds of 72, while former champions Aaron Baddeley (73) and Stuart Appleby (75) both need good rounds on Friday to make the cut. Day one was not without controversy, with troubled American John Daly storming off the course midway through his round and heading straight for his hotel room after running out of golf balls. Daly&aposs troubles began on the 10th when he hit the wrong ball from the bunker, invoking an automatic two-stroke penalty. The two-time major winner then reached the 11th and dunked &apossix or seven&apos balls in the water before grabbing his young son and heading for the exit after telling his playing partners &aposI&aposm off&apos. Scott will start his second round from the 10th tee at 7.15am local time on Friday morning alongside Matt Kuchar (74) and Senden, with Woods, Day and Robert Allenby (75) to follow at 7.25am, while Lyle will head out from the 10th at 12.05pm.