Sergio Garcia in contention after first round of Australian PGA Championship

Garcia makes waves in Queensland

Garcia makes waves in Queensland

Alongside Garcia in the five-way tie for third are home players Marc Leishman, Peter Senor, Michael Wright and Daniel Nisbet, while Aussie star Adam Scott sits in the group on one under, five shots off the leaders.

"I wouldn't say that it was wonderful but it was good", said Garcia of his opening effort.

Masters champion Garcia picked up further birdies at the third, sixth and eighth holes (his 12th, 15th and 17th) to sit a shot off leaders Jordan Zunic and Adam Bland in a five-way tie for third. "The most positive thing for me would be to go a bogey free round, which I didn't realise until we got done".

"I feel like this was coming".

The four-time European Tour victor turned back the clock, as the 58 year old went bogey-free on his way to carding five birdies on a course that is just 15 minutes down the road from his home.

Zunic fired five birdies in a seven-hole stretch around the turn and eagled the ninth - his final hole - to set the clubhouse target at six under, which Bland matched despite bogeying the par-four last.

Two-time champion Greg Chalmers turned in level par 36 from the tenth but produced a big finish with birdies on the fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth to sit at four under for the day in a large chasing group of nine Australians, with 2013 Masters victor Adam Scott one under for the tournament.

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