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Cream already rising at Dunlop Phoenix

Koepka continuing his love affair with the Phoenix Country Club (Photo: USGA)
The cream has well and truly risen to the top of the leaderboard on day one of the lucrative Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Japan, US Open and defending champion, Brooks Koepka, tied in the lead with South Korean Sang-Hee Lee,  the pair one ahead of Philippine golfer Angelo Que while world number 4 Hideki Matsuyama, playing his first event in Japan this year, is another shot back.

Koepka bogeyed the final hole today to miss out on the outright lead but he continued his great run at the Phoenix Country Club having now recorded three rounds of 65 in the five he has played in the event.

Koepka led from go to whoa last year and he will prove a very tough customer over the remaining 54 holes. 

Brendan Jones recovered from a slow start to the day with a back nine of 33 for a round of 2 under par 69 to lead the Australians in a share of 11th position and four from the lead.

Adam Bland and last year’s 3rd placed Kurt Barnes are the next of the Australians after opening rounds of 70, Matthew Griffin is at even par and Brad Kennedy 2 over.  

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