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Stumbling Bjorn, Streelman hold on to lead

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Bjorn carded an opening-round 66 to share the World Cup lead © Getty Images
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Denmark's Thomas Bjorn and American Kevin Streelman share the lead after day one of the World Cup of Golf in Australia.

The pair carded a 5-under 66 to edge ahead of South Korean KJ Choi, Scotland's Martin Laird and Welshman Stuart Manley at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

One shot further back is local favourite Jason Day, who is playing despite losing several members of his family in the typhoon which hit the Philippines last week.

Bjorn and Streelman could both have walked off with much better scores, with the experienced Dane four-putting the par-4 fourth for a double-bogey, while Streelman headed the 16th tee at 7-under par before dropping shots at that hole and at 18.

England's Chris Woods was out of sorts on day one in Melbourne © Getty Images
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The US and Denmark top the team leaderboard, too, after Streelman's countryman Matt Kuchar carded an even-par 71, as did Bjorn's compatriot Thorbjorn Olesen.

In-form World No. 2 Adam Scott, winner of the Australian PGA Championship and Australian Masters in the past two weeks, saw his chances of victory dealt a huge blow at the par-four 12th when he lost a ball with his first drive and then his next was deemed unplayable.

He eventually ended the hole with a quintuple-bogey en route to a 4-over 75.

Day's 3-under 68 salvaged something for the hosts, leaving them at 1-over in the team standings - six off the pace.

Portugal are at two under in outright third thanks to a 69 from Ricardo Santos and a 71 from Jose-Filipe Lima.

Canada's David Hearn and Brad Fritsch, Scottish pair Laird and Stephen Gallacher and South Koreans Choi and Bae Sang-Moon are the other nations under par - all tied at 1-under.

The English pair of Danny Willett and Chris Wood are at 2-over par after rounds of 69 and 75 respectively, while Irishmen Graeme McDowell, who recorded a 72, and Shane Lowry, 75, are three back.

First-round individual scores

-5 Thomas Bjorn (Den), Kevin Streelman (USA)
-4 K J Choi (Kor), Martin Laird (Sco), Stuart Manley (Wal)
-3 Jason Day (Aus)
-2 Ricardo Santos (Por), Danny Willett (Eng)
-1 Tony Lascuna (Phi), Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel), David Hearn (Can), Mikko Korhonen (Fin)
Ev Ryo Ishikawa (Jap), Jose-Filipe Lima (Por), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha), Brad Fritsch (Can), Thorbjorn Olesen (Den), Marcel Siem (Ger), Matt Kuchar (USA), Bernd Wiesberger (Aut)
+1 Roope Kakko (Fin), Graeme McDowell (Ire), Adilson Da Silva (Bra), Espen Kofstad (Nor), Fabian Gomez (Arg), Hideto Tanihara (Jap), Peter Hanson (Swe), Alexandre Rocha (Bra), Prayad Marksaeng (Tha), Gregory Bourdy (Fra), Anirban Lahiri (Ind)
+2 Vijay Singh (Fij), Maximilian Kieffer (Ger), Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa), Branden Grace (RSA), Victor Dubuisson (Fra), Siddikur Rahman (Ban)
+3 Robert Jan Derksen (Ned), Brendon De Jonge' Mark Tullo (Chi), George Coetzee (RSA), Stephen Gallacher (Sco), Oscar Fraustro (Mex), Sang-moon Bae (Kor), Angelo Que (Phi)
+4 Francesco Molinari (Ita), Chris Wood (Eng), Adam Scott (Aus), Michael Hendry (NZ), Wen-chong Liang (Chn), Felipe Aguilar (Chi), Shane Lowry (Ire), Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa)
+5 Matteo Manassero (Ita), Tim Sluiter (Ned), Jonas Blixt (Swe)
+6 Emiliano Grillo (Arg), Ashun Wu (Chn)
+8 Tim Wilkinson (NZ)
+11 Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind)

Team leaderboard

-5 Denmark, USA
-2 Portugal
-1 Scotland, South Korea, Canada
Ev Finland
+1 Australia, Japan, Thailand

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