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Drewitt, Luck Start Hot In Tennessee

Brett Drewitt shares second place after the opening round of the Knoxville Open on the Web.com Tour. (Photo: Bruce Young)
The Australian duo of Brett Drewitt and Curtis Luck have made a brilliant start to the Web.com Tour event in Tennessee, both inside the top five after the opening round of the Knoxville Open.

Drewitt burst out of the gates at the Fox Den Country Club with four birdies in his first five holes on his way to a 4-under 67 and a share of second place two shots behind leader Ryan Brehm.

Luck was the complete opposite in his 3-under 68, the West Australian opening with a disastrous double bogey before recovering with two birdies to make the turn even par.

A disappointing par at the par-5 last couldn’t dampen an otherwise productive round, his three back nine birdies seeing him join a logjam of 15 players sharing fourth place.

Luck and Drewitt are part of a six-strong Australian contingent at this week’s secondary tour event where reigning Australian Open champion Cameron Davis also started well with a 1-under 70.

Davis earned his spot in the field after playing well enough in just two starts on the Web.com Tour this year to move up the exemption category list.

While he won’t have full access to the Tour, Davis will be hopeful of earning some extra starts as well as relying on further tournament invitations.

An adventurous front nine was followed by a pedestrian inward half with Davis making three birdies and two bogeys to the turn but nine straight pars on the journey to the clubhouse.

Rhein Gibson, Jamie Arnold and Stuart Appleby are the other three Australians in the field, Gibson the best of them at even par and T52.

Both Arnold and Appleby opened with over par efforts and have work to do to make the cut, Appleby in particular after a 76.

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