Coolum: Australia's Steven Bowditch and Choi Joon-woo of South Korea shot rounds of 6-under-par 66 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first day of the Australian PGA and outshine a strong field that includes British Open champion Darren Clarke and Americans Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler.
Bowditch, playing in intermittent afternoon rain, birdied the 17th and 18th holes after a bogey on No. 16 at the Hyatt Regency resort course. Choi, who plays on the OneAsia tour and has no wins in a four-year pro career, had a chip-in from 90 meters for eagle on the 16th hole.
Watson and Australians Andre Stolz, Aaron Townsend and Aaron Baddeley shared third place with 67s, while Wu Kangchun of China was in a large group with 68s. Clarke and Fowler were three behind after 69s.