The leading two qualifiers in the Men's Championship have been eliminated. West Australian Brady Watt went down to the bottom qualifier, Anthony Houston, from Victoria 5&3 and Todd Sinnott, who finished one shot behind Watt yesterday, was bundled out by Neil Raymond of the UK, 4&3.
The 3rd and 4th qualifiers Nathan Kimsey of the UK and Sam An from New Zealand, did make it through as did Australia's leading ranked amateur, Cameron Smith, the winner of last week's Master of the Amateurs Viraat Badhwar, Brett Drewitt and Taylor Macdonald amongst others.
Smith was forced into extra time before defeating fellow Queenslander Kade McBride at the 19th.
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The Women, too, played their opening round today and there were surprises there also. New Zealand's Lydia Ko, who jointly led the qualifiers last evening with Victorian Grace Lennon, made it through in a comfortable win over Jessica Dengate of NSW but Lennon herself and the brilliant Su Hyun Oh are out of the event after being eliminated today.
Lennon went down to fellow Victorian Lauren Hibbert while Oh was eliminated by West Australia's Hayley Bettencourt.
The highly fancied Minjee Lee was forced to stage a miraculous comeback in her match against Ebony Heard of South Australia after being 5 down early on.
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