Two late bogeys cost Dodt a chance of the lead but after arriving at Close House in Newcastle upon Tyne off the back of two missed cuts, he will be more than satisfied with his day one effort.
Dodt finished 4th at the Scottish Open in July, a result which earned him an Open Championship start, but his more recent form has been below his best so this start was just what the doctor ordered for the man from Gatton west of Brisbane.
Jason Scrivener and Wade Ormsby are the next best of the Australians are each opened with rounds of 67, Brett Rumford had 69, Scott Hend 72, Nathan Holman and Sam Brazel 73 and Marcus Fraser 74.
Joint leader Coetzee has rediscovered his form in recent starts with two consecutive top tens leading into this week after what had been a run of outs while co-leader Hatton had recorded six missed cuts in seven starts before a 3rd place finish in Switzerland recently whichs suggests he too has found a secret to recovery.
One of the pre-tournament favourites, Sergio Garcia, is off to a slow start with a round of 70 to be outside the top 70 heading into round two.
BEN DONEY: LINE OF SIGHT
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