Golf: Tighe thrives as Sydney winds flummox Spieth and big guns at Australian Open

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Unheralded local Lincoln Tighe upstaged a field including world No. 1 Jordan Spieth and a string of Major winners after swirling winds wreaked havoc on the opening round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

The big-hitting 26-year-old, so lowly-ranked he was denied a spot in Wednesday's pro-am, carded a five-under 66 early in the day and only Matt Jones, a member of the host Australian Golf Club, was able to come close in the afternoon with a 67.

Defending champion Spieth broke even with a 71, which left him with a share of 19th on a day when only 18 players finished below par.