Snedeker shoots 84 in Australian PGA

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GOLD COAST, Australia - Brandt Snedeker, the top-ranked player at the Australian PGA championship, shot a 12-over-par 84 in the opening round Thursday.

Snedeker, ranked 38th and one of only three players in the top 100 at Royal Pines this week, was 7 over after five holes. Starting on the back nine, he had two bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey to start and made the turn in 9-over 45.

On his last nine, he had four bogeys and his only birdie of the day, on the par-4 sixth.

The course played tough early with rain showers and gusting winds.

Two years ago, Snedeker was a late withdrawal from the Australian PGA when he injured his knee after falling off a Segway at a tournament in China.