Three players lead the Queensland PGA after the opening round at Nudgee with six under.
Australian PGA Champion Jed Morgan failed to maintain his blistering Royal Queensland form in a Queensland PGA opening round dominated by Daniel Gale, Anthony Quayle and Cameron John.
New South Welshman Gale, Queenslander Quayle and Victorian John each had a six-under of 66 to share the lead in the $200,000 PGA Tour of Australasia event in Nudgee on Thursday.
Two shots behind are David Micheluzzi and Jake McLeod with five players – including Canberra’s Matthew Millar – one shot further back at three under.
Morgan, who won the Australian PGA last week by a record 11 shots after going 22-under in four rounds, could only manage one over 73 on Thursday to already be seven shots behind Gale, Quayle and John.
“I think I navigated pretty well today and lined up with a lot of chances and then when I missed a green I went up and down which was nice and kept a bit of momentum,” said Quayle after his bogey free round .
“I wouldn’t change too much. I’d be pretty happy with a six-under. I saved a few where I probably shouldn’t have and missed a few that maybe I should have, so it was pretty even.
Gale, whose round included eight birdies and two bogeys, said he was “over the moon” with his performance on Thursday
“I’m happy with six-under,” Gale said.
“The way the wind plays and some of the jumps you get on the greens are pretty tricky.”
John, who had seven birdies and one bogey, said he was “just happy” to be playing well.
“I feel like I’ve been playing pretty well lately,” John said.
“Some of the guys were pretty happy on Sunday night (after the Australian PGA) so we went out and chilled and had Monday off. I thought this would be a good way to freshen up.”
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