Tournament: Fortinet Australian PGA Championship
DP World Tour Rankings: Tournament 1 of 39 events
Venue: Royal Queensland GC, Brisbane, Australia
Prize Fund: AU$2,000,000
Hashtag: #AusPGA #DPWT

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Round One Report

Min Woo Lee fired an opening 65 to share the first-round lead at the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship as the 2023 DP World Tour campaign got under way in Brisbane on Thursday.

Lee and fellow home favourites Jason Scrivener and John Lyras each made seven birdies and a single bogey on day one of the season-opening tournament, which is co-sanctioned with the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.

The leading trio sit on six under par, one shot ahead of Major Champion Adam Scott, Brad Kennedy, Anthony Quayle, Peter Cooke and Jeunghun Wang.

Two-time DP World Tour winner Lee made a bright start to the new season, reeling off birdies at the second, fourth, fifth and ninth to reach the turn in 32. He gave a shot back at the tenth but made amends with a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-three 11th.

An impressive pitch at the long 15th set up a tap-in birdie there before more short-game magic saw Lee get up and down from the sand at the 17th for a sensational par save. He followed that up with a closing birdie from 12 feet to head into the clubhouse on six under.

New Zealand’s Ryan Fox, fresh from finishing runner-up to Rory McIlroy in the 2022 season-long rankings, hit the opening tee shot of the 2023 DP World Tour season at 6:00am local time at Royal Queensland.  

Player Quotes

Min Woo Lee: “It was awesome. Very solid, one mistake, a bad drive on ten, but other than that, it was a very solid day approach-wise and off the tee and a very good day on the greens. So, if I can do that the next few days, it will be very nice.

“Yeah, 17 was – I didn’t think it was too hard, but when you get up there and actually look at it, it’s actually a very tough shot. You can only land it where I landed it and take a bit of speed off it and let it roll down the hill. That was probably one of the better chips I’ve done today or all year round, but yeah, it was just nice. A lot of momentum savers today and I capitalised on the next holes and made birdies, so yeah, very good momentum-wise. Sometimes it’s been the other way, so it’s nice to actually hole some putts and make birdies.

“I’ve just been playing really good. I don’t know, my attitude, the last few months has just been just to have fun and family’s out and kids are out too, so I’ve got a lot to show off and inspire little kids and do that. So, I think it’s a pretty good attitude the last couple of months and I’ll just keep doing that.”

Jason Scrivener: “I just feel refreshed. It’s been a long year. To have three weeks at home and catch up with friends and family and get some work in as well, was really nice. So yeah, it was a good start.

“Like I said, just kind of picked my places.  I’ve got to kind of rely on my iron play and controlling my irons really well into the greens.  Certain pins you just can’t really get close to out there, so I took my medicine when I needed to and then attacked when I could.

“A lot of statistical goals and process goals that I’ve put in place with my team.  Probably going to focus on Europe next year more so than this year.  I tried to do a bit of Korn Ferry and a bit of DP World Tour, so my goal is definitely to get one of those PGA TOUR cards at the end of the year.  That’s probably the main focus.”

John Lyras: “It’s nice to put up a good number out here this week on a course that hasn’t necessarily suited my eye, but just shows the improvements that I’ve made technically and mentally as well.

“My form’s been pretty good. I probably hit my irons as good as I’ve hit them in a long time today. First, ten, 11 holes it could have been really, really low. I struggled with the speed of the greens a little bit and had to kind of make some adjustments coming in. It’s nice to hit a few good putts coming into the last four, five holes, but there was a lot of potential to be a lot lower today.”

Adam Scott: “Yeah it was good, I mean, conditions couldn’t be better and you want to take advantage of those morning rounds. Overall, there was some pretty solid play from me today.  A couple of squirrely shots on the back nine but yeah, I’m very pleased with that. It was all really solid stuff.

“I did a little work last week on it. I haven’t played a lot lately but I could feel at the Presidents Cup and in Japan when I played it was not quite as sharp as where it had been and you could put that down to lack of practice for sure. So, I did a bit of work on it last week and when I got here I instantly felt like I had a good feel for how the greens were rolling and that was nice to have. Obviously, that’s a real comfort feeling, when you’re playing a tourney and you’re happy to be on the green and feel like you can make them.

“Yeah, it was great. He (caddie Steve Williams) obviously hasn’t been out at any events for quite a long time, so I think he was pretty excited. We came out and played Tuesday morning, it’s quite easy. I may have changed, but I know he’s not and so I knew what to expect when we came out and to fall back into familiar routines was pretty good. So, it was a good start and hopefully we’ve got a few more good ones in it.”

Maverick Antcliff: “Yeah, starting on ten obviously when we come here and just play, it’s a par five (previously) but it’s a pretty strong par four. I just knew if I kept giving myself opportunities I’d be fine, so yeah, made a couple coming in, so it was nice.

“To be honest, I don’t particularly love the golf course, it doesn’t really suit my eye. It’s in great condition though. But I’ve been playing well for a while, to be honest, I just haven’t really been putting that well. So just to see a few go in and stuff like that. Yeah, I’ve been putting in a lot of hard work, so I’m not really surprised, no.”

Round One Scores
 65 M LEE (AUS), J SCRIVENER (AUS), J LYRAS (AUS), 
 66 B KENNEDY (AUS), A QUAYLE (AUS), J WANG (KOR), P COOKE (AUS), A SCOTT (AUS), 
 67 R HISATSUNE (JPN), P PINEAU (FRA), D IEREMIA (NZL), M ANTCLIFF (AUS), Y LIU (CHN), 
 68 A MERONK (POL), G OGILVY (AUS), T SINNOTT (AUS), D MICHELUZZI (AUS), M KAWAMURA (JPN), C WOOD (AUS), C SMITH (AUS), N BARBIERI (AUS), N H?JGAARD (DEN), A GARCIA-HEREDIA (ESP), C LEE (KOR), T POWER HORAN (AUS), 
 69 M LEISHMAN (AUS), D LAWSON (AUS), G WIEBE (USA), D HILLIER (NZL), C JOHN (AUS), A BLAND (AUS), A CA?IZARES (ESP), R H?JGAARD (DEN), J FELTON (AUS), C CRAWFORD (AUS), L JOHNSTON (SCO), S ALLAN (AUS), S BRAZEL (AUS), S STRANGE (AUS), 
 70 S HEND (AUS), A PIKE (AUS), M SIM (AUS), J ZUNIC (AUS), J MCLEOD (AUS), D GALE (AUS), D HOWELL (ENG), E SMYLIE (AUS), M WRIGHT (AUS), L FLYNN (AUS), J MUNRO (AUS), D KLEIN (AUS), J NORRIS (AUS), K BITTLE (NZL), J WARREN (AUS), J MORGAN (AUS), C DAVIS (AUS), T SMYTH (AUS), H BATEMAN (NZL), M GRIFFIN (AUS), D ACKERMAN (USA), B WHARTON (AUS), L HIGGINS (AUS), O FARR (WAL), J HIGGINBOTTOM (AUS), B PROVERBS (AUS), R BLIZARD (AUS), Z GARCIA (AUS), J MEE (AUS), 
 71 C MCKINNEY (AUS), J PARRY (ENG), A MARTIN (AUS), D HORSEY (ENG), G CHALMERS (AUS), T LEWIS (ENG), L TIGHE (AUS), P WILSON (AUS), D BECK (AUS), S EAVES (AUS), H HOPEWELL (AUS), B FOWLER (AUS), B COLLYER (AUS), N FLANAGAN (AUS), A WILKIN (AUS), H CROWE (AUS), J ARNOLD (AUS), K MCBRIDE (AUS), K MUIR (NZL), J MULLANEY (AUS), N VOKE (NZL), J CRIPPS (AUS), E DONOGHUE (AUS), 
 72 M FRASER (AUS), L HERBERT (AUS), T KANAYA (JPN), P O’MALLEY (AUS), M MILLAR (AUS), R MCEVOY (ENG), C BARROW (ENG), J CARTER (AUS), R FOX (NZL), B BECKER (AUS), A EVANS (AUS), W ORMSBY (AUS), Z MURRAY (AUS), J THOMPSON (AUS), P FOWLER (AUS), S JEFFRESS (AUS), J GRIERSON (AUS), C CRABTREE (AUS), D BRERETON (AUS), 
 73 B WINDRED (AUS), A BAUTISTA (AUS), C DANN (AUS), A STOLZ (AUS), M SMITH (AUS), H ENDYCOTT (AUS), L DOBBELAAR (AUS), T HART (AUS), A BLYTH (AUS), L TOOMEY (NZL), T KING (AUS), 
 74 J BUGDALSKI (AUS), L CURTIS (AUS), B RUMFORD (AUS), B COLETTA (AUS), J GEARY (NZL), B RANKIN (AUS), H BARRON (AUS), R CHISNALL (NZL), S HAWKES (AUS), L BROWN (NZL), 
 75 D BRANSDON (AUS), D PAPADATOS (AUS), A PAVAN (ITA), K REITAN (NOR), S ARNOLD (AUS), V MEYER (GER), W HEFFERNAN (AUS), J ARMSTRONG (AUS), A HALL (AUS), D LOYPUR (AUS), S WOOLS COBB (AUS), A DIDONE (AUS), 
 76 P LONARD (AUS), D O’LOUGHLIN (ENG), L BARKER (AUS), D BLING (USA), M JORDAN (ENG), M HUTSON (NZL), 
 77 M MCCARDLE (AUS), M STIEGER (AUS), A CAMPBELL (AUS), J MARCHESANI (AUS), B ECCLES (AUS), 
 78 B CAMPBELL (NZL), 
 82 J MACKENZIE (AUS),