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Smith shares early lead

Australian amateur champion Cameron Smith shares the lead after round one of the Open Championship qualifier in Melbourne.

The 19-year-old matched the five under par 67 of Perth professional Stephen Dartnall as 68 players began battle for the three Muirfield places on offer.

Smith said: "It's my dream to win The Open, so to play in it would be incredible. Just the history of it - I'm into that stuff!"

Dartnell commented: "I have been hitting the ball pretty well and just slowly working around the course - no heroics or anything too exciting, which is a good way to play.

"When there's only three spots I guess you attack a little bit more, but you still play pretty conservatively, especially on a course like this."

Fellow Australians Steven Jeffress, Anthony Summers and Adam Bland are only a stroke behind, but former European Tour winners Peter O'Malley and Peter Fowler managed only 71 and 78 respectively.