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Cameron Davis makes strong start to Australian Open Down Under

Cameron Davis is seeking a second ISPS Handa Australian Open title after opening with a superlative 63 in Sydney on Thursday.

Davis, whose maiden professional victory came in the same event in 2017, fired an eagle and seven birdies at The Lakes Golf Club, one of the two courses used for a tournament which also sees the Women's Australian Open and All Abilities Championship contested at the same time.

On nine under par, Davis enjoyed a one-shot lead over American Patrick Rodgers, with Scotland's Connor Syme another stroke back following a 64.

"I'm really pleased with that, to be honest," Syme said. "It was pretty tricky there on the back nine for us as well. I definitely putted really well.

"I kind of had a lot of good shots and took my chances when I had them, so I don't think I really holed anything from length, but a lot of good chances for birdie, which was very pleasing."

Min Woo Lee, who won the Australian PGA Championship last week, was part of an eight-way tie for ninth on five under par which also included Ireland's Mark Power and England's David Horsey.

In the Women's Open, Min Woo's sister Minjee Lee carded an opening 70 to lie three shots off the lead shared by 16-year-old Australian amateur Rachel Lee and American Jenny Shin.

Italy's Tommaso Perrino shares the lead in the All Abilities Championship with Australia's Cameron Pollard after both men shot 69, while defending champion Kipp Popert struggled to a 75.

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