Sergio García, five strokes of the leaders in Australia

The Spaniard started the tournament with 70 strokes, one under par, and is five strokes from the leaders, the Japanese Takumi Kanaya and the Chinese Chun-An-Yu, who closed with 65 hits.

The Japanese Takumi Kanaya and the Chinese Chun-An-Yu, both with 65-stroke cards, six under the pair, are the first leaders of the Australian Golf Open held in Sydney after the first day, in which the Spanish Sergio García completed that route with five more strokes.

Kanaya made seven "birdies", four of them consecutive and a 'bogey', same record of Chun An Yu. Three Australian players, Matt Jones, Daniel Nisbet and Dimitrios Papadatos seconded them in second place, all of them with two more strokes.

It was not a good start to the tournament for Sergio García, who made two 'bogeys' almost followed in holes four and seven, although he later amended his card with two of the three 'birdies' that he managed to place in fifth place, tied with 15 other players.

At the end of the tournament, the first three and not already exempt, will qualify for the British Open last year. Already with that exemption, the British Paul Casey, the South Africans Ernie Els and Louis Oosthuizen, the Australians Marc Leishman and Adam Scott, the Mexican Abraham Ancer, and Sergio Garcia himself.

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