Big hitting Lincoln Tighe leads 2015 Aussie Open

Lincoln Tighe on his way to birdie on the 5th at The Australian and a surprise first round lead
Lincoln Tighe on his way to birdie on the 5th at The Australian and a surprise first round lead

NSW golfer Lincoln Tighe upstaged some more fancied rivals to take the first round lead of an Australian Open first day that saw very healthy crowds and strong winds.

The 26 year old member of Port Kembla Golf Club near Wollongong south of Sydney won the NSW PGA Championship last year and has also wrangled his way on the the Tour in the US but was certainly up against some bigger names in the world of golf.

Playing in a morning grouping when conditions were not all that much easier than the afternoon Tighe shot a 5-under 66 to lead established US PGA Tour player Matt Jones by a stroke.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth was back on even after a three birdie-three bogie round, as was leading Aussie hope Adam Scott.

Tighe fronted the media in his first ever official media centre interview, and carried the task off with aplomb. The video is below.

Matt Jones was happy overall with his game and hoping for three more good rounds.

“I’ve played here a lot, just being a member  here  so  maybe  I’ve got  a  little more  local  knowledge of  the  wind, but  I mean,  I  enjoy  playing in  wind  most of  the time, so I play well in it. If I have good control of my ball, my trajectory, my  ball  flight,  the  wind  doesn’t affect it as  much,  so if  you’re  striking it well,  the  wind’s not  going to  affect it as much as it sometimes does.”

Adam Scott said conditions were as “blustery” as he had played in for some time but bounced back after a 3-over front nine.

“Unfortunately  I made  two  doubles and  that  was  costly. The rest of the round was pretty good stuff but  that  can  happen in  these  conditions. It’s  tough out  there  and  I  let  a  couple of shots get away from me  which fortunately today   didn’t   cost me  a  look at  this Tournament,” he said.

“I played   nicely   coming in   and it   was important to  just get  a  couple of  drives in play on those shorter par 4s and the par 5 14th and  take  advantage,  make  a  couple of quick birdies and kind of right the ship I guess.”

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. A former Sydney journalist, he launched ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples and Karrie Webb. He has also reported on numerous amateur tournaments, particularly national senior and veteran events. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best Golf News Report 2016 - 2017.

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