Manila, February 26: Australian Adam Groom displayed his growing potential once again when he took the first round lead in the US$150,000 DHL Philippine Open with a six-under-par 65 today.
The 24-year-old Groom, who represented Australia during his amateur days, was in fine form at Riviera Golf and Country Club as he finished the day two shots clear of Indias Amandeep Johl, who returned a 67.
In his first season in Asia last year, Groom challenged for honours in the Royal Challenge Indian Open before finishing in joint third place. He had to return to Qualifying School in January to earn his playing privileges for the 2004 season.
Qualifying School graduate Jason Moon, a Korean-born Australian, made it a good day for the newcomers on the Asian Tour by shooting a 68 to share third place with Indian star Jeev Milkha Singh.
The home challenge was led by Edwin Estrera and Antonio Lascuna, who carded identical 69s for equal fifth place with Australian duo David Gleeson and Richard Moir, four behind the leader.
Defending champion Rick Gibson carded a 72 while Ria Denise Quiazon, who is the second woman golfer to play alongside the men on the main tour in Asia, struggled to an 84. Local star Frankie Minoza, the Philippine Open champion in 1998, withdrew from the event.
First round scores
65 – Adam Groom (AUS)
67 – Amandeep Johl (IND)
68 – Jason Moon (AUS), Jeev Milkha Singh (IND)
69 – Edwin Estrera (PHI), Richard Moir (AUS), David Gleeson (AUS), Antonio Lascuna (PHI)
70 – Morne Van Rensburg (RSA), Edward Michaels (USA), Benjie Magada (PHI), Jay Bayron [A] (PHI), Robert Pactolerin (PHI), Artemio Murakami [A] (PHI), Jonathan Cheetham (ENG), Weng Young-Tien (TPE)
71 – Satoshi Tomiyama (JPN), Don Klenk (USA), Chen Yuan-Chi (TPE), Adam Fraser (AUS), Edwin Sanchez (PHI), Gary Rusnak (USA), Scott Barr (AUS), Marciano Pucay (PHI), Marcus Both (AUS), Danny Chia (MAS), Anthony Kang (KOR), Ashok Kumar (IND), Alistair Presnell (AUS), S. Sivachandran [A] (MAS), Lito Rempojo (PHI), Elmer Salvador (PHI), Hsieh Tung-Shu (TPE), Greg Hanrahan (USA), Eiji Mizoguchi (JPN), Lu Wei-Chih (TPE), Marvin Dumandan [A] (PHI)
72 – Tomoo Bise (JPN), Jerome Delariarte (PHI), Danny Zarate (PHI), Lin Wen-Hong (TPE), Sushi Ishigaki (JPN), Lu Wei-Lan (TPE), Scott Taylor (USA), Angelo Que (PHI), Prom Meesawat (THA), Glenn Joyner (AUS), Edgar Ababa (PHI), Ebarra Quiachon (PHI), Lin Chie-Hsiang (TPE), Jyoti Randhawa (IND), Rick Gibson (CAN), Ross Bain (SCO), Rahil Gangjee (IND)
73 – Uttam Singh Mundy (IND), Clay Devers (USA), Gaurav Ghei (IND), Amritinder Singh (IND), Marlon Dizon (PHI), Mo Joong-Kyung (KOR), Danilo Delo ANTOS, Vivek Bhandari (IND), Raymund Sangil [A] (PHI)
74 – Rodolfo Ardimar (PHI), Gene Xavier Bondoc [A] (PHI), Randy Garalde (PHI), Felix Casas (PHI), Vic Santia (PHI), Airil Rizman Zahari (MAS), Peter Minoza (PHI), Attaphon Prathummanee (THA), Antolin Fernando (PHI), Hong Chia-Yuh (TPE)
75 – Huang Tung-Liang (TPE), Chang Tse-Peng (TPE), Eddie Bagtas (PHI), Orlan Sumcad (PHI), Bryan Saltus (USA), Unho Park (AUS), Pablo Del Olmo (MEX), Juvic Pagunsan [A] (PHI), Carito Villaroman (PHI), Gerald Rosales (PHI), Gerry Norquist (USA), Ruben Sasutil (PHI), Anthony Summers (AUS), Rodrigo Cuello (PHI), Yeh Chang-Ting (TPE), Patrick Young (AUS), Surawin Suwannodom (THA), Jamnian Chitprasong (THA)
76 – Soe Kyaw Naing (MYN), Rene Gaviola (PHI), Akinori Tani (JPN), Rey Pagunsan (PHI), Mike Cunning (USA), Andrew Pitts (USA), Sung Mao-Chang (TPE), Olle Nordberg (SWE), Zane Scotland (ENG), Erwin Vinluan [A] (PHI), Rey Alit (PHI)
77 – Pornsakon Tipsanit (THA), Rafael Ponce (ECU), David Kang (KOR), Kenichi Ryu (JPN), Chen Tze-Chung (TPE), Smith Sukhumalchandra (THA), Poh Eng Wah (SIN)
78 – Tonton Asistio [A] (PHI), Al Cruz (PHI), Cookie Lao (PHI), Hsieh Chin-Sheng (TPE), Firoz Khan (FIJ), Makoto Konohara (JPN), Lam Chih Bing (SIN), Rico Depilo (PHI), Chitinsee Savaha (THA), Kim Do-Hoon (KOR), Cesar Ababa (PHI), Kim Su-Nam (KOR), Ronald Pactolerin (PHI), Win Htwe Hlaing (MYN), Rodolfo Cuello (PHI), Chen Chung-Cheng (TPE)
79 – Somkiat Srisanga (THA), Richard Sinfuego (PHI), Poh Eing Chong (SIN), Craig Kamps (RSA), Satoshi Shimouchi (JPN), Roger Retuerto (PHI), Yau Sui-Ming (HKG), Tomokazu Yoshinaga (JPN), Ramon Brobio (PHI), Vince Lauron (PHI)
80 – Rogelio Cabajar (PHI), Bobby Celestino [A] (PHI), Mario Manubay (PHI), Ewan Porter (AUS), Chen Tsang-Te (TPE), Willy De Tomas (PHI), Lim Eng-Seng [A] (MAS), Thongchai Tima (THA)
81 – Lee Seong-Ki [A] (KOR), R. Nachimuthu (MAS), Katsuhiko Yamazaki (JPN), James Stewart (HKG), Kim Chang-Hoi [A] (KOR), Shaaban Hussein (MAS)
82 – Ming Gyu-Cho (KOR), Steven Tan (MAS)
83 – Koji Katoh (JPN), Yoshinobu Tsukada (JPN)
84 – Ria Denise Quiazon (PHI), Jun Bernis [A] (PHI), Derek Fung (HKG)
86 – Apinai Wannapairote (THA)
DQ – Kesahido Uchida (JPN)
RTD – Hendrik Buhrmann (RSA)