PGM SIME DARBY HARVARD MASTERS 2013 - Round 1
Shaifubari in a Share of the Lead
Bunched up leaderboard in PGM Sime Darby Harvard Masters first round
Malaysia’s Shaifubari Muda matched Lindsay Renolds’ seven-under-par 65 for a share of the lead after the first round of the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Masters today.
The second of nine Asian Development Tour events co-sanctioned with the PGM Tour this year, the RM200,000 tournament in Gurun, Kedah had a bunched up leaderboard on the first day with no fewer than 19 players within four strokes of the lead.
Americans James Bowen and Spencer Shishido were third and fourth after carding 66 and 67, respectively.
Hsieh Chi-hsien of Chinese, Australia’s Anthony Choat, Englishman Grant Jackson, Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand, Philippines’ Carl Santos-Ocampo and Malaysia’s Akhmal Tarmizee and Khor Kheng Hwai were joint fifth on four-under – one stroke ahead of an eight-way tie for 12th.
Shaifubari, meanwhile, was beaming with delight after posting a bogey-free round that yielded birdies on Holes 3, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13 and 18.
Unsurprisingly he said later that while this effort did not match his best of 64 here, he would take the first round performance any day.
“If you shoot 65 it is a good score and although I have managed a 64 on this course, I’ll take this 65 anytime.
“All players think of winning the championship and I’m no different. However, the important thing is to remain focused as it’s only the first round – there is still a long way to go before the end of the tournament.”
He added that the Asian Tour was his goal and that “is where I want to play eventually and hopefully my performances throughout this season can get me there.”
Twenty-six year-old Renolds birdied all four par-5s en route to a sterling performance that left him to declare: “I’m obviously delighted with this round. The course conditions were excellent and my driver was perfect. Hopefully, this will continue through to Saturday.”
The first round was also highlighted by the tournament’s first hole-in-one after Australian Mark Varela aced the 159m par-3 second hole, using a 7-iron.
The PGM Sime Darby Harvard Masters carries world ranking points that will go towards determining the qualification for the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympic Games. With this, the top-six players and ties in each of the ADT events will earn points based on a sliding scale and the winners will receive a minimum of six points.
Leading First Round Scores
65 Lindsay Renolds (Can), Shaifubari Muda (Mas)
66 James Bowen (US)
67 Spencer Shishido (US)
68 Hsieh Chi-Hsien (Tpe), Grant Jackson (Eng), Khor Kheng Hwai (Mas), Pavit Tangkamolprasert (Tha), Carl Santos-Ocampo (Phi), Anthony Choat (Aus), Akhmal Tarmizee (Mas)
69 Mhark Fernando (Phi), Hafiy Suhaili (Mas), James Lam (Phi), Masaru Takahashi (Jpn), Daniel Ng (Mas), S. Siva Chandhran (Mas), Gavin Flint (Aus), Ratchapol Jantavar (Tha)