Thursday, December 13, 2012 6:46 pm
By The Associated Press
Popovic said his father, Radi, who gave him his start in the game, is battling a form of bone cancer.
Popovic, on his first year on the Australasian PGA Tour, birdied his first four holes at the Palmer Coolum Resort, and later had a string of five straight birdies.
Australia's Scott Strange opened with a 66, and 2006 U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy of Australia and OneAsia Tour regulars Zhang Xinjun of China and Choo Tze-huang of Singapore shot 67s.
Peter Senior, the Australian Open winner last week at age 53, had a 68.
Greg Norman pulled out after two holes - both bogeys - because of food poisoning.
ALFRED DUNHILL CHAMPIONSHIP
MALELANE, South Africa (AP) - France's Gregory Bourdy shot a 6-under 66 at Leopard Creek to take the first-round lead in the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
South African star Schwartzel, coming off an 11-stroke victory Sunday in Thailand, was a stroke back along with countrymen Louis de Jager, Oliver Bekker and Darren Fichardt and Englishmen Steve Webster and Richard Bland. South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen had a 73.
The tournament is sanctioned by the European and Sunshine tours.