Streelman, Bjorn, U.S., Denmark lead first day of World Cup


Kevin Streelman of the U.S. and Thomas Bjorn of Denmark matched 5-under-par 66s to take the first-round individual lead in the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne. They are a shot ahead of K.J. Choi of South Korea, Stuart Manley of Wales and Martin Laird of Scotland.

The leaderboard: Thomas Bjorn (66), Kevin Streelman (66), K.J. Choi (67), Martin Laird (67), Stuart Manley (67), Jason Day (68)

What it means: Thanks to stellar first rounds by 46th-ranked Streelman and 44th-ranked Bjorn, Denmark and the United States are tied for the lead in the team competition, too, as Dane Thorbjorn Oleson and American Matt Kuchar each shot even-par 71.  Portugal is three strokes back in third place after Ricardo Santos shot a 69 and Jose-Filipa Lima a 71.

Round of the day: We'll call it a draw between Bjorn and Streelman. The Danish veteran overcame a double bogey on the fourth hole to make seven birdies. Streelman appeared to be on his way to a 64, but bogeyed two of his final three holes.

Best of the rest: Of the three players who shot 67, Choi came closest to making it a 66, bogeying the 18th hole.

Shot of the day: Graeme McDowell's 1-over 72 was punctuated by an eagle-2 on the par-4 ninth hole, as he holed his approach shot from the middle of the fairway.

Biggest disappointment: Favorite son Adam Scott, who has won the previous two tournaments in Australia, the Australian PGA and the Australian Masters, saw his round derailed by a quintuple-bogey 9 at the par-4 12th hole. It was Scott's worst score on a hole since he made a 10 at the WGC event at Doral in 2007. Scott finished at 4-over 75.

Quote of the day: "Just away with the fairies on that hole." - Scott, on making a 9 at the par-4 12th hole