Singapore, March 19: New Zealander Eddie Lee completed his first round at the Caltex Masters Presented by Carlsberg, Singapore 2004 this morning with an eight-under-par 64 to open up a three shot lead at Laguna National Golf and Country Club.
The 20-year-old Lee, who was born in Korea but moved to New Zealand with his family, finished his final hole at the ninth with a par and his score matched the course record held by Nick O’Hern of Australia. But with the preferred lie ruling in play, Lee’s score will not be considered an official record.
Local hero Mardan Mamat shot up the leaderboard with a superb 67 as he completed six holes this morning to move into tied second place alongside Thomas Levet of France and Peter Fowler of Australia, who had completed their rounds yesterday before the heavens opened up.
Mamat was three under par through 12 holes yesterday and birdied the 13th and 15th holes to keep the Singapore flag flying high in the US$900,000 event, which is jointly sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours.
The second round resumed at 8.50am.
Leading round one scores
64 – Eddie Lee (NZL)
67 – Peter Fowler (AUS), Thomas Levet (FRA), Mardan Mamat (SIN)
68 – Arjun Singh (IND), Chen Yuan-Chi (TPE), Peter Lawrie (IRE), Greg Hanrahan (USA), Lin Wen-Tang (TPE), Kim Jong-Duk (KOR), Kyi Hla Han (MYN), James Kingston (RSA), Peter Hanson (SWE), Damien Mcgrane (IRE)
69 – Emanuele Canonica (ITA), Prayad Marksaeng (THA), Andrew Coltart (SCO), Michael Campbell (NZL), Anthony Kang (USA), Thammanoon Srirot (THA)
70 – Gerald Rosales (PHI), Kang Wook-Soon (KOR), Simon Yates (SCO), Roger Chapman (ENG), Scott Barr (AUS), Richard Green (AUS), Matthew Blackey (ENG), David Gleeson (AUS), Rick Gibson (CAN), Terry Price (AUS)