UNHERALDED South Australian Nick Cullen fired a six-under 65 yesterday to lead after the first round of the Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne, but the day belonged to Jarrod Lyle.
The return of the popular Victorian to tournament play after beating leukemia for a second time proved an emotional moment for plenty of fans, and Lyle himself.
He wiped away tears as he made his way to the first tee, composed himself, then saw wife Briony and daughter Lusi behind the tee and went over to kiss them both before ruffling the girl's hair.
Lyle cast a few glances to the heavens before hitting off first in his group. He finished with a one-over-par 72 to share 38th place.
Other notable rounds came from tournament favourite Adam Scott and German visitor Maximillian Keiffer, who shared second after shooting four-under 67s.
Zimbabwe's Brendon De Jonge also started well with a round of 68.
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