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Aussie golfers make solid US Open start

Australia’s star golfers have made a solid if unspectacular start to the US Open to all be in contention during the weather-marred first round at Torrey Pines.

Former world No.1 Adam Scott is leading the way after a classy one-under-par 70 following an inspired fightback as American Russell Henley and South African Louis Oosthuizen set the pace at four under.

Henley was safely in the clubhouse after signing for a 67 before play was suspended for the night due to darkness.

Thick fog had delayed proceedings by more than 90 minutes earlier.

After two early bogeys, Scott surged right into contention with birdies on the ninth, 17th and 18th holes just as the horn sounded under deteriorating light.

“That will make dinner taste a whole lot better,” commentators said after Scott drained a 12-footer on the par-5 last to climb into red figures for the first time all day.

Unable to buy a birdie until the 16th hole, Cameron Smith would nevertheless have been happy after making a series of clutch par putts as his signature scrambling came to the fore once again.

The Aussie No.1 dropped his only shot of the day on the 15th before rebounding immediately on the par-3 16th to remain at even par and just four back of Henley and Oosthuizen.

Wade Ormsby, playing in only his second major championship after missing the US Open cut four years ago, is just five strokes off the lead after posting an eventful round of one-over 72.

The 41-year-old European Tour regular mixed four birdies with five bogeys and nine pars.

Matt Jones was one over through 16 holes and Marc Leishman two over with one to play.

Brad Kennedy, 47, carded a respectable three-over 74 on his Open debut, while fellow veteran Steve Allan will almost certainly miss the halfway cut after shooting 80.

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