IN THE HUNT: Sam Eaves first round has him well placed.
IN THE HUNT: Sam Eaves first round has him well placed. Nev Madsen

Warwick's Eaves on par after first round

GOLF: Warwick's Sam Eaves has kept himself in contention following the first round of the Australian PGA Championships.

Despite starting the tournament as a 1000-1 shot, Eaves proved he wasn't without a hope.

Eaves finished the day even, following a composed start which saw him spend a large portion of the day hovering around par.

He started the day in the best possible fashion, hitting a birdie on the first hole, before dropping a shot on the second.

Eaves would go on to birdie the fourth hole, before back-to-back bogies had him sitting at +1.

At the ninth, Eaves managed to work his way back to par following a birdie on the par-five.

Another birdie on the 13th hole was offset by a double bogey on the 15th, again relegating Eaves to +1.

The Warwick golfer maintained his composure though, bouncing straight back to birdie the 16th.

He would par the final two holes to finish the day at even with a score of 72.

Eaves now sits six shots off leaders Adam Bland and Jordan Zunic in a tie for 63rd, with a further five golfers tied for third just one shot behind, including Sergio Garcia and Marc Leishman.

Former world number-one Adam Scott sits at -1, alongside Matt Jones.

Eaves will begin his second round today at 12.30pm with playing partners Jack Munro and Alex Edge.



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