With an 11 birdie round the Australian PGA Championship is off to a flyer

Min-Kyu HanTHE Australian PGA Championship is underway at the Hyatt Regency Coolum with Korean golfer Min-Kyu Han taking an early lead with a course record nine under par 62.

Han shot an incredible 11 birdies on the newly designed layout and is four strokes ahead of Queensland’s Ryan Haller who fired a five under 66 to be in outright second place with five Australians including Stuart Appleby, Scott Strange, Matthew Griffin, Andrew Dodt and Henry Epstein all a further shot back and tied for third place.

All eyes were on 26 year old Han, who is making just his second trip to Australia and his first to play professionally.

Han needed just 21 putts to complete his round, with only back-to-back bogeys at the 18th and then 1st preventing him going even lower. 

“I feel like almost in Heaven,” Han said after his round.

“Its not easy out there.  It’s a very good course.

“Maybe I’m like Tiger Woods today”, he said tongue in cheek. “I don’t know, maybe my body has Tiger Woods brain in there!”

Australian Open champion Adam Scott threatened to shoot a low score, particularly when he collected four birdies to the turn but a mixed run home left him alongside fellow Aussies Greg Chalmers, Stephen Dartnall and Bronson La’Cassie, Kiwi Tim Wilkinson and Shih-ching Chan of Chinese Taipei with 68.

Australian PGA Championship Leaderboard

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded 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, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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