November 21 2013
By PGATOUR.COM staff
Kevin Streelman got as low as 7 under in the opening round of the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf but bogeyed Nos. 16 and 18 to drop into a tie for the lead with Thomas Bjorn.
Bjorn took the clubhouse lead early when he birdied two of his last three holes for a 5-under 66. Despite threats from a number of competitors, no one was able to better the number and just one could match it.
Stuart Manley, K.J. Choi and Martin Laird are one shot off the pace while Jason Day is alone in sixth, two back.
Day's fellow countryman, Adam Scott, who won on this course a week ago, took a nine on the 12th hole and finished the round with a 75.
In the team competition, Streelman and Kuchar have the U.S. team tied for the lead at 5 under with the Danish duo of Bjorn and Thorbjorn Olesen. The team from Portugal is three back.
Just six tandems finished the day in red numbers as Royal Melbourne's quick greens made for pretty tough scoring conditions in Round 1. Checking in at 1 under are Canada, Scotland and South Korea.