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Jason Day the favourite for Australian Open after shooting a 66

Thu, Nov 23, 5:19pm by Head Editor

World number 12 Jason Day has stormed to the top of the betting market to win the Stonehaven Cup for the first time, after shooting an opening round of 66 at Sydney’s The Australian Golf Club.

Day moved in from $6 to $3.25 after the five-under par round, which sees him sitting three shots behind clubhouse leader Cameron Davis, who only turned professional just over 12 months ago.

The 22-year-old birdied six of the first seven holes and picked up another three on the back nine in beautiful conditions, to set the benchmark for his more experienced rivals.

Rod Pampling, who was the runner-up to Jordan Spieth in 2014, remains at $21 to win his home open for the first time also shooting a 66.

Speaking of Spieth, he drifted slightly from a $3 favourite to $3.50 after signing his scorecard for a 70, to finish at one-under.

The world number two, who won this event last year, and is reportedly being paid more for his appearance fee than the total purse of $1.25 million, failed to get his round going at any stage, but is still in the hunt.

US PGA Tour winner Cameron Smith, who lost out to Spieth in a play-off last year, and played alongside the American on Thursday, finished with a 69, and is now the fifth favourite to lift the Stonehaven Cup, at $15.

2015 winner, Australia’s Matt Jones, is $23 to repeat his heroics of two years ago, after shooting an even-par 71, while New Zealand’s Ben Campbell is sitting at four-under, and at $67.

Campbell’s compatriot Brad Shilton nailed a hole-in-one on the 11th hole, which earned him a $16,000 watch. He sits nine shots off the pace, at one over par.

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