Kangar: Shaifubari Muda fired a five-under 67 to carve out a single shot advantage after the opening round of the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Perlis Classic on Wednesday.
Taking advantage of the preferred lies condition imposed at Kelab Golf Putra after heavy rains overnight, the 2011 Harvard Classic winner traded six birdies against a sole bogey to lead the trio of Sukree Othman, Shaaban Hussin and Muhd Azry Asyraf Noor Azman.
M. Sasidaran and S. Murthy carded matching two-under 70s to take a share of fifth ahead of Lim Eng Seng, who was alone in seventh following a one-under 71.
Shaifubari said he took each hole as it came and added that he was comfortable with the wind-swept layout noted for its difficulty. “I played a good round of golf today,” said the 39-year-old.
“I did not hit the ball as well as I can, but I recovered well when I needed to and my putting was extra special. I felt comfortable throughout the round and maybe that is why I finished on five-under,” he added.
Eighteen-year-old Azry was delighted with his effort after bouncing back from being one-over on the front nine with a five-birdie blitz on the homeward stretch to post a 68.
“I bogeyed the par-four fifth hole but I did not change my game-plan, which was to keep the ball in the fairway and give myself birdie chances,” said Azry. “It worked well on the back nine where I had five birdies in all. Hopefully I can continue like this throughout the tournament, but I know it will be difficult as there are many good players in the field here.
Leading first round scores
67 – Shaifubari Muda
68 – Sukree Othman, Shaaban Hussin 34, M. Azry Asyraf
70 – M. Sasidaran, S. Murthy
71 – Lim Eng Seng
72 – Haziq Hamizan, Keegan Kam, Ong Jay Vie, R. Nachimuthu, Kemarol Baharin, Idzwan Marappan