Kuala Lumpur – Australian Marcus Fraser and Spaniard Nacho Elvira fired matching 65s in sizzling and humid circumstances Thursday to share the joint lead on the opening day of the Maybank Championship.
The pair maintain a one shot benefit over the next trio of Jazz Janewattananond, Angelo Que and Matthias Schwab on the Saujana Golf and Nation Membership in Kuala Lumpur.
Massive-hitting Belgian Thomas Pieters was lurking two strokes behind on 67, whereas four-time Main winner Ernie Els completed the day on 68.
Former champion Fraser, who clinched the inaugural version in 2016, fired eight birdies together with a tremendous 20-foot putt on the par-Three seventh gap to share the lead.
“I am undoubtedly a part-time golfer as of late. It is good to exit on the golf course and it doesn’t suggest as a lot because it used to,” he stated.
“I used to be extra shocked than anybody going on the market and capturing seven-under,” Fraser added.
Elvira stored tempo with Fraser because of a great begin which included 4 birdies in his first eight holes.
“I am proud of the way in which issues are going, pleased to be turning round my golf recreation a little bit bit,” Elvira stated.
Que was heading for the highest the leaderboard after a formidable 9 birdies in his first 11 holes, however consecutive double bogeys on holes 15 and 16 derailed his benefit.
“I assumed I used to be dreaming once I obtained to nine-under after 11 holes. However this stuff occur particularly if you play nicely,” he stated.
Defending champion Shubhankar Sharma completed the day on tied-41st after solely managing a one-under-par 71.
Padraig Harrington, making a primary look this yr after his nomination as new Ryder Cup captain, completed tied-26th with a 70.
The 156 gamers competing are anticipated to brace themselves for unpredictable climate circumstances on Friday, when scorching circumstances and lightweight rain are forecast.
The $Three million occasion is co-sanctioned by the European and Asian excursions.
65 – Marcus Fraser (AUS), Nacho Elvira (ESP)
66 – Jazz Janewattananond (THA), Angelo Que (PHI), Matthias Schwab (AUT)
67 – Thomas Pieters (BEL)
68 – Promenade Meesawat (THA), Poom Saksansin (THA), Ernie Els (RSA), Gaganjeet Bhullar (IND), Brandon Stone (RSA), Dean Burmester (RSA), Zach Murray (AUS), Nicholas Fung (MAS)
69 – Masahiro Kawamura (JPN), Terry Pilkadaris (AUS), Julian Suri (USA), Scott Hend (AUS), Lucas Herbert (AUS), Benjamin Hebert (FRA), S.S.P. Chawrasia (IND), Ricardo Gouveia (POR), Danny Masrin (INA), Andrea Pavan (ITA), Christiaan Bezuidenhout (RSA)