Podlich on Top at Victorian Open


Australian David Podlich shot a morning round of 65 to grab the first round lead at the Victorian Open Championship in Melbourne, Australia. His 7-under par total is one better than American rookie David Gossett Jr. and another Aussie Stephen Leaney who both carded first round 66's.
Gossett took advantage of the Cranbourne Golf Club's par-5's, going four-under including an eagle on the 13th hole. Good ball-striking helped the 1999 U.S. Amateur champion go low, as he hit 12 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation.
Nine players are tied for fourth at five-under including Scott Laycock, Peter Lonard, Scott Gardiner, Gary Simpson and Scott Wearne.
Podlich got off to a spectacular start. After teeing off on the 10th hole, he birdied 11, 12 and 14 and eagled 13 to go five-under after five holes. He added two more birdies at 16 and 17 to go seven-under through his first eight holes. He went on to bogey 18, 2 and 9 to finish at minus seven.
'I got off to a pretty good start making a big putt on 11,' Podlich said. 'The front nine we played, I wouldn't say windless, but certainly the first six holes were pretty easy.'
Editors Note: You can watch the final two rounds of the Victorian Open beginning Saturday at 9:00 AM ET on The Golf Channel.