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 Source: Getty

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