Part-time Uber driver in contention after first round of Australian Open

Golfer and part-time Uber driver Adam Stephens could find himself in a Hollywood-style fairytale, sitting in a tie for fifth after the first round of the Australian Open in New South Wales.

Ranked 1939th in the world, Stephens, 30, opened his tournament with a three under par score of 69, sitting just two shots off the pace heading into today's second round.

Stephens told CNN that he was working part-time as an Uber driver, "just to get mortgage going and a bit of income in" after he stopped earning enough through golf to pay the bills.

South Korea's Byeong Hun An leads the field at -5, while Kiwi Nick Voke is also in the mix, part of the six-way tie for fifth place.

Speaking to media after his stunning first round, Stephens spoke about his surprise at his position.

"My mate told me yesterday 'you're 251 to 1 to be the first-round leader,' he began.

"I said that sounds all right but I'd much rather have you put money on me.

"I know the course fairly well. I've got a couple of mates who are members.

"My caddie was a member here. I just try and keep the bogeys down for the week, just like keep doing your birdies and you're going to be up there."

Australian golfer Adam Stephens
Australian golfer Adam Stephens Source: Getty

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