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Spieth 5 back in Australia after 71

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SYDNEY (AP) Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott struggled to even-par 71s in the hot, windy opening round of the Australian Open on Thursday, leaving the top two-ranked players in the tournament five strokes behind little-known leader Lincoln Tighe.

Spieth and Scott, tied for 19th with 11 others, were in good company. Australia's Tighe, with seven birdies and two bogeys, had a one-stroke lead after his 66, one of only 18 in the 156-player field who broke par at The Australian Golf Club.

Australia's Matt Jones, who is a member at The Australian, birdied the par-5 18th for a 67 and was in second place.


Money Leaders: PGA
Rank Player Earnings
1 R.Knox $2,052,160
2 K.Kisner $1,951,632
3 J.Thomas $1,656,540
4 G.McDowell $1,503,600
5 K.Na $1,456,233
6 S.Kaufman $1,349,684
7 J.Bohn $1,227,736
8 E.Grillo $1,143,000
9 P.Malnati $900,193
10 A.Scott $798,000
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