Perth - India'sand Romain Wattel of France
shot 6-under 66s on Thursday to share the early first-round lead at the Perth
Australian Brett Rumford and Northern
Ireland's Cormac Sharvin were among those two strokes behind after 68s on the
Lake Karrinyup Country Club course.
Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open
champion playing for the first time in Australia, shot 70. Defending champion
Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark had a 71.
Oosthuizen started strongly with three
birdies in his first six holes, but bogeyed his 11th hole to fade from the
leading group in the European and Australasian PGA tour event.
Wattel took advantage of the calm morning
conditions - "the greens were soft ...most of the players could attack the