Malcolm Kokocinski carded a six-under 66 on the first day of the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship at the Harvard Golf and Country Club.
ALOR SETAR: It was a Swede day indeed for Malcolm Kokocinski.
The Swedish golfer fired an opening round of six-under 66 to storm into the lead at the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship at the Harvard Golf and Country Club.
Kokocinski returned a bogey-free card highlighted by six birdies to lead the season-opening Asian Development Tour (ADT) event by one shot from local hope Zurie Harun, Australian Darren Tan and Japan’s Yuki Usami, who settled for a share of second place after signing off with matching 67s on Wednesday.
Six others, including local young gun Mohd Iylia Jamil and Australian duo Jordan Sherratt and Sam Burrell, are a further shot back in joint fifth at the RM200,000 event.
Malaysia’s Danny Chia, who is making a comeback on the ADT after undergoing neck surgery last September, signed off with a 70 to share 20th place with compatriot Arie Fauzi and four others.
Kokocinski, who missed out on an Asian Tour card at Qualifying School last month but enjoyed a relatively good season on the ADT in 2013, got off to a flying start on Wednesday.
The young Swede is determined to play his way into the main Tour by excelling on the ADT, which rewards the top-five finishers on the Order of Merit with Asian Tour cards for 2015.
“I played solid today. I didn’t make any bogeys and I’m very happy with how I played. It’s a pity I didn’t secure my Asian Tour card at the Qualifying School ... but I’ve moved on. I’ll continue to work hard and better my game. Hopefully I can finish well this week,” said the 22-year-old.
The winner of this week’s PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship will take home US$10,500 (RM34,335) and receive six Official World Golf Ranking points.