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SYDNEY (AP) Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott struggled to even-par 71s in the hot, windy opening round of the Australian Open on Thursday, leaving the top two-ranked players in the tournament five strokes behind little-known leader Lincoln Tighe.

Spieth and Scott, tied for 19th with 11 others, were in good company. Australia's Tighe, with seven birdies and two bogeys, had a one-stroke lead after his 66, one of only 18 in the 156-player field who broke par at The Australian Golf Club.

Australia's Matt Jones, who is a member at The Australian, birdied the par-5 18th for a 67 and was in second place.


Basson leads at suspended Dunhill

MALELANE, South Africa (AP) Christiaan Basson holds the clubhouse lead in the first round of the European Tour's season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship, with play being suspended Thursday because of lightning.

Charl Schwartzel is part of a tie for second. Read More...

Scott's 14-year title streak in danger

SYDNEY (AP) Adam Scott is without a tournament victory thus far in 2015, putting his 14-year record of winning at least one tournament a year in jeopardy going into this week's Australian Open.

But Scott said Wednesday that his family life - he became a father in February - had nothing to do with it. Read More...

New stars to give Kapalua strong field

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) The start of a new year on the PGA Tour at Kapalua lost some sizzle when Tiger Woods stopped going after 2005, which was four years after Phil Mickelson decided to go to Hawaii only for a vacation.

And when the PGA Tour went to a wraparound season two years ago, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions was in an awkward spot. Yes, it was the first event of the year, but the season had started three months earlier. Read More...

LPGA team event moves to Merit Club

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The LPGA Tour is moving the International Crown to the Merit Club outside Chicago next year.

The match-play event among eight countries was to be held July 21-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in the southwestern Chicago suburbs. The LPGA didn't say why it was moving from the home of the 2009 Solheim Cup. Read More...

Spieth wants to play in Rio Olympics

SYDNEY (AP) Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott, the two headliners at this week's Australian Open, have distinctly different excitement levels over next year's Rio Olympics golf tournament.

While both agree a team competition would have been nice, Scott says he'll go if he can fit it into his schedule, and isn't very enthused. On Tuesday, however, Spieth said count him in unless he's injured or, by some miracle, the world's top-ranked golfer fails to qualify. Read More...

At 18, Ko set to dominate LPGA for years

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Lydia Ko had just been handed a $1 million bonus for the second consecutive year, and the first thing she thought about buying with those newfound additional riches was a new phone.

She's had a bunch. She keeps dropping them.

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