25 Nov 2016

New Zealand struggling in Melbourne

6:18 am on 25 November 2016

New Zealand golfers Danny Lee and Ryan Fox are well off the pace after the opening round of the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne.

New Zealand golfer Danny Lee at the Olympics.

New Zealand golfer Danny Lee at the Olympics. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The pair are in a tie for 22nd at three over par, six shots back from the Spanish leaders - Cabrera Bello and Jon Rahm.

Fox and Lee struggled to gel early in the round, they mixed five bogeys with just one birdie for a four over 39 on the front nine at the Kingston Heath Golf Club.

They came home with two birdies and a bogey to card a 75 in the first round of the foursomes.

The defending champions and hosts Australia didn't fare much better than their trans-Tasman neighbours, Adam Scott and Marc Leishman carded a two-over par 74 in their round to sit five shots back.

New Zealand tee off just before 11am this morning.