Travis Smyth has roared into 2020 with a strong opening day at the Hong Kong Open.
The Shellharbour golfer sits just one shot off the pace after firing a -4, 65 round on Thursday at the Hong Kong Golf Club.
Smyth, 25, managed to par his first nine holes before he birdied the par four, 10th hole. He also mustered birdies on the 13th and 18th holes, and an eagle on the 14th hole.
Fellow Aussie Wade Ormsby and Japan's Otsuki Tomoharu (both -5) lead the field from Korea's Chang Yikeun and Australian duo Smyth and David Gleeson.
The five-day Hong Kong Open, which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour, continues on Friday.
The competition continues a hectic schedule for Smyth who played seven straight tournaments to close out 2019, as he aimed to raise his place on the PGA Order of Merit and secure his Asian Tour card for 2020.
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