WARRNAMBOOL golfer Marc Leishman has made a promising start to the 143rd British Open.
Leishman, part of the fourth group on the course, shot a three-under round of 69 to be among the early pacesetters at Royal Liverpool.
The 30-year-old hit four birdies, including one on the 18th, and one bogey during a steady round.
He was one shot behind five golfers, including Irish former world number one Rory McIlroy and veteran Spaniard Sergio Garcia, when The Standard went to print.
American Tiger Woods was even through 11 holes after starting with two bogeys.
Matt Jones, Rhein Gibson and Brett Rumford were the only other Australians to have teed off by deadline.
Jones finished at one under, Rumford was one under after five holes while Gibson was one under through four holes.
Bryden MacPherson, Jason Day, world number one Adam Scott and John Senden were also part of an eight-strong contingent from Down Under.