A Gold Coast golfer is struggling at the Australian Masters in Melbourne.
Hope Island local Adam Scott is yet to tee off on day two, but finished the opening round six shots off the pace on Thursday.
On Friday morning Todd Sinnott took hold of the outright lead with a score of 6-under.
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Michael Wright and Stephen Allan are in a tie for second spot, one shot further back.
Scott had been hoping to claim a third gold jacket at this event at the Metropolitan Golf Club, but that looks unlikely.
Also on Friday it was announced that Scott and Rory McIlroy would not be paired together in the first two rounds of the Australian Open.
But the SMH reported that Scott is expected to have his hopes dashed when officials confirm they will follow the lead of the four majors – the US Masters, US and British Opens and US PGA – which have traditionally separated the pair early in the tournament.
Both are expected to alternate between morning and afternoon tee times in the first two rounds as organisers seek to service broadcast and sponsor commitments.
The draw for next Thursday’s opening round will be released on Tuesday.