By petedirenzo
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

P1-Scott-1The 2012 Australian Open has started at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney. Greg Chalmers is the defending champion, and he'll be grouped with Tom Watson and 19-year-old Australian pro Jake Higginbottom.
Adam Scott, who practiced with a short putter this week (right) but will stay with his usual broomstick model for the official rounds, is paired with Justin Rose and Liang Wen-Chong. Other notables in the field include Kyle Stanley, Geoff Ogilvy and Robert Allenby.

Last year's Australian Open featured no shortage of sideshows. Steve Williams, Scott's caddie, was under fire for a racial insult he had leveled at former boss Tiger Woods the week before in Shanghai. In the tournament itself, John Daly grabbed early headlines when he hit seven consecutive balls in the water during his opening round and walked off the course.
To follow the first round, which began at 6:45 a.m. in Sydney (2:45 p.m. on the East Coast of the U.S.), see the official leaderboard. (Photo: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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