CJ Cup: Home favourite Byeong Hun An leads after 64
As he chased an opening 64 to assert the first-round lead at the CJ Cup in South Korea his home fans delighted.
An eight birdies in his blemish-free around to earn a one-shot guide over rising star Joakim Niemann, while world # 1 Brooks Koepka birdied the 16th and eagled the final to salvage a 69.
Four birdies within the first seven holes got An off the beginning he needed and, the house preferred reeled off three consecutive birdies from the 11th and added a second at 16 to get to eight under, later turning into 32.
The prior BMW PGA champion was unable to take advantage of this last, but he had done enough to become set up since clubhouse leader and An was understandably delighted – and a little surprised – with his excellent start at Jeju Island.
It was fantastic, eight under and bogey free is always great, he explained. I hit it really strong, and I wasnt expecting it, to be fair. I didnt hit it the last couple days and on the range today, but what appears to be working.
Everything was moving in the flag that the ideal space and obviously I holed a great deal of putts today, so everything just clicked and I always took bogey free.
I will feel a whole lot of support from individuals here. And playing nicely in front of them is really a bonus. HopefullyI can keep this going.
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Niemann was only two under in the turn, but the young Chilean began the back nine with three birdies in four holes and made two more at 17 and 18 to finish a 65 .
Day is behind Adam Scott and Marc Leishman having not played since the BMW Championship in August, Australian and has slipped to 27th in the world rankings, but he gave himself a elevator with a 66 that comprised four birdies.
His compatriot Cameron Smith is one of a group of five players on five under, although 2017 winner Justin Thomas carded six birdies but blotted his card with bogeys at the second and 18th holes to slip .
Graeme McDowell ended both nines with a set of birdies as he kept the mistakes at bay in a solid 68, also Ian Poulter was moving well at four under two to play in front of a bogey at the short 17th saw him slip to a tie for 15th with Tyrrell Hatton, Viktor Hovland and Koepka.
1, that missed the cut in Las Vegas had been erratic within the next half of his around until ending with a boom, while Tommy Fleetwood struggled for consistency and also mixed three birdies with two bogeys in his 71.
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