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Local helps Streelman to World Cup lead

AMERICAN Kevin Streelman says a chance meeting with a helpful local played an important part in him sharing the World Cup lead.

AMERICAN Kevin Streelman says a chance meeting with a helpful local played an important part in him sharing the World Cup lead.

Streelman, joint leader with Dane Thomas Bjorn on five-under par after Thursday's opening round at Royal Melbourne, hadn't played previously in Australia.

But local teenager Darcy Brereton, a Royal Melbourne member whom Streelman met while practising on the course for the first time on Monday, provided plenty of local knowledge.

Brereton was initially merely a spectator, but Streelman invited the aspiring professional inside the ropes to walk the course with him.

He went a step further for Wednesday's pro-am, asking Brereton to caddie for the round.

While the teenager was keen for insights on the world of professional golf, he returned the favour with tips on the famed course.

"He just knew every break on these greens, so we kind of picked his brains a bit of where to leave shots and where you can't leave shots and he helped out a lot," Streelman said.

"He's a good kid who wants to be a professional golfer as well so we just invited him in with us to walk along.

"He picked our brains and he showed us around the course.

"It's all about relationships in the end."

AAP

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