Australian Open 2011: Jarrod Lyle Leads, Tiger Woods Close And John Daly Melted Down

The 2011 Australian Open is not the biggest golf tournament in the world, but all of the big names are playing this week at The Lakes Golf Course in Sydney, Australia. The opening round featured blustery weather, a John Daly outburst and Australian native Jarrod Lyle atop the leaderboard with Dustin Watson, Nick Watney and Tiger Woods not far behind.

Lyle, a seven-year pro from Queensland, finished Thursday's opening round by shooting a seven-under 65 that included five birdies and an eagle on the 14th hole. Americans Dustin Johnson and Nick Watney are tied for second at six-under while Tiger Woods finished just a few strokes out of the lead after shooting a four-under that didn't include a single bogey.

The golfer who made the biggest news after opening day, however, didn't even make the leaderboard. John Daly, the always controversial golfer, had yet another meltdown in Australia -- this one causing some unfortunate backlash according to the official site for the PGA of Australia.

Furious Australian Open tournament director Trevor Herden has blasted John Daly as 'unprofessional' and told him to stay away from future tournaments after the controversial American stormed off the course and returned to his hotel midway through the first round on Thursday.

Daly's troubles began on the 10th when he hit the wrong ball from the bunker, invoking an automatic two-stroke penalty. The two-time major winner then reached the 11th and proceeded to put 'six or seven' balls in the water before grabbing his young son and heading for the exit after telling his playing partners 'I'm off'.

The full 2011 Australian Open Leaderboard is included here. For more golf coverage, be sure to check Waggle Room as well as SB Nation's golf hub.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.