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Thursday October 3, 2013 MYT 6:31:00 PM
Thursday October 3, 2013 MYT 6:32:52 PM
R. Nachimuthu is leading in the first round of the MNRB Sarawak Masters with a seven-under 65 from eight birdies and only one bogey at the 17th hole on his card.
PETALING JAYA: The two top players of the PGM Tour’s Order of Merit lit up the MNRB Sarawak Masters in Kuching on Thursday. R. Nachimuthu and Nicholas Fung led the weather-affected first round with a seven-under 65 and 66 respectively.
Hans Jamil shot an equally impressive 67 at the Sarawak Golf Club to occupy third place, which made it a perfect one-two-three for the home nation, while Jack Munro of Australia was fourth, on a four-under 68.
Play was suspended shortly after lunch due to heavy rain, with some 45 players yet to complete their first round.
The MNRB Sarawak Masters is co-sanctioned with the Asian Development Tour and carries world ranking points. At the end of the season, the leading three players from this Tour will be rewarded with an Asian Tour playing card for 2014, which adds to the intensity of this week’s tournament.
Nachimuthu, who trails Nicholas on the domestic Order of Merit, was in great form as he strung together eight birdies, with only one bogey at the 17th hole on his card.
Happy with his opening day’s work in the RM180,000 tournament, Nachimuthu said: “I hit the ball very well today and if I had sunk a few makeable putts that slipped by, it would have been even better.
“Anyway, I’m still happy with how I played,” he added, while also drawing attention to the fact that they played with preferred lies because of the heavy rain.
Tied for fifth on two-under were Thailand’s Philip Matsson, Singaporean Koh Deng Shan, Japan’s Masaru Takahashi, Michael Tran of Vietnam and Malaysian Kim Leun-Kwang.
Two other Malaysians Faridil Atras and M. Sasidaran were tied for 10th on 71, along with Choo Tze Huang of Singapore.
Thailand’s Pasavee Lertvilai, Malaysians Mohd Iylia Jamil, Chien Tan and Nicholas Pua, together with Americans James Bowen and Man O Im, and Lee Cho-chuan of Taiwan managed equal-par 72s for 13th place.
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