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Golf: Cameron Smith leads the race for Muirfield

Australian amateur champion Cameron Smith shares the lead after the first round of the 36-hole Open Championship international qualifier at Kingston Heath in Melbourne.

The 19-year-old matched the five-under-par 67 of Perth professional Stephen Dartnall as 68 players began battle for the three Muirfield places on offer.

Smith said: “It’s my dream to win The Open, so to play in it would be incredible.”

Dartnell said: “I have been hitting the ball pretty well and just slowly working around the course. When there’s only three spots, you attack a little bit more, but you still play pretty conservatively.”

Fellow Australians Steven Jeffress, Anthony Summers and Adam Bland are only a stroke behind.

 

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