Andrew Dodt holds two-shot lead at Australian PGA Championship
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 02/12/16 11:47am
Andrew Dodt holds a two-shot lead after a weather-disrupted opening round of the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast.
The Australian carded a seven-under 65 in the calmer morning conditions at RACV Royal Pines Resort, where thunderstorms saw play suspended with more than half the field still yet to complete their round.
Dodt mixed eight birdies with a solitary bogey to sit two shots clear of New Zealand's Ryan Fox and America's Julian Suri, with Harold Varner III also on five under with four holes to play.
"I wanted to hit the ground running for the 2017 season, hole one, shot one and I managed to do that today," Dodt told the European Tour. "I hit it really well, putted really well. It was just a really solid run."
Top seed Adam Scott posted a hat-trick of birdies from the seventh on his way to an opening-round 68, joining England's Paul Waring in a six-strong group three off the pace.
Jarrod Lyle posted the first hole-in-one of the European Tour season when he aced his tee-shot at the par-three fifth, with the Australian three under with five holes remaining.
Ian Poulter is level par with three holes to play of his first European Tour round since April, sitting in a tie for 37th also including Scottish duo Stephen Gallacher and Bradley Neil.
The first round will resume at 5.30am local time (7.30pm GMT) on Friday morning, with the second round starting from 7am.