Subang: The RM350,000 Maybank Tour Players’ Championship at Saujana Golf & Country Club got off to a fiery start with a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard.
R. Nachimuthu boosted his chances of finishing second on the Order of Merit after carding an opening round of four-under-par 68 – an effort matched by Hanafiah Jamil and Muhammad Rusli Johari.
Sukree Othman was alone in fourth place after carding a workmanlike 69, while Rashid Ismail’s two-under 70 left him one clear of Faridil Atras (71).
Nachimuthu, who lies behind runaway winner Nicholas Fung, started well enough in the knowledge that he could lose ground to any of the trailing three players – Shaaban Hussin, Airil Rizman and Sukree, carding six birdies against one bogey on the Bunga Raya tract.
Leading first round scores
68 – R. Nachimuthu, Hanafiah Jamil, Muhammad Rusli Johari
69 – Sukree Othman
70 – Rashid Ismail
71 – Faridil Atras
72 – Dino Abdillah, Ben Leong, Anis Helmi Hassan, Akhmal Tarmizee, Kenneth De Silva, Wilson Choo