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Jason Scrivener starts well in Turkey

Jason Scrivener faces a big task in Turkey but has started beautifully. (Photo: Henry Peters)
Jason Scrivener leads the Australians after round one of the European Tour's lucrative Turkish Airlines Open in Turkey following an impressive round of four under par 67. 

The 29 year old Western Australian sits just three shots behind leader Paul Dunne and in a share of 12th in the US$7 million event at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Antalya.

Scrivener, who withdrew from his title defence at next week’s NSW Open after learning of his start in Turkey and possibly next week in South Africa, is two shots ahead of Wade Ormsby as the leading Australian.

Scrivener has two more starts to force his way into the top 60 in the Race to Dubai Rankings and play the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai later this month.

Although he needs perhaps as much as €200,000 to do so, the two remaining events carry enough prizemoney to make such an elevation a realistic possibility.

A top 6 finish in either of the events or two top tens would be enough and while the task is a big one the door remains open.

South Australian Ormsby's opening 70 included a double bogey at his 8th hole.  

Ormsby however is already assured of a start in Dubai thanks mainly to his win in Hong Kong early in the season.

Scott Hend and Lucas Herbert are tied for 60th after their opening rounds of 2 over 73, Herbert also assured of a start in Dubai after what has been a stunning first season in Europe in which he began without any status but is now 39th in the Race to Dubai.     

The event’s defending champion Justin Rose, 2016 champion Thorbjorn Olesen and three-time major champion Padraig Harrington are one behind the leader Dunne.     

CONCORD G.C. OPEN DAY: MONDAY NOVEMBER 12

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