Manila, November 9: Australia’s Scott Barr set the early pace by carding an opening eight-under-par 64 to grab the morning clubhouse lead at the Resorts World Manila Masters on Thursday.
The Australian, who is searching for his first Asian Tour win, started encouragingly with two birdies in his first three holes. He birdied six and eight before adding another on 10 after the turn.
A double-bogey on 11 pegged Barr back temporarily but he responded well by charging home well with three birdies and one eagle in his last six holes at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club.
“I’ve been playing quite well, but the scores sometimes don’t reflect that. I’ll try to go through the routine and I’ll just play my normal game and hopefully, it keeps going,” said Barr.
Prom Meesawat closed in on Barr by signing for a 65 to trail the Australian by one as he looks to continue his proud record at the Resorts World Manila Masters, which included a second-placed finish where he lost in a play-off to China’s Liang Wen-chong in 2013.
“It’s always good to start off with a low round. I know I have a good track record here but the most important thing for me this week is to enjoy the game and not think too much about winning yet as that will create unnecessary pressure,” said Prom.
Defending champion S.S.P. Chawrasia of India also had a promising start as he posted a flawless 66 to trail Barr by two shots at the US$1 million event, which is also the richest golf tournament in the Philippines.
“I’m looking to boost my world rankings this week and I’ve done well here in the past, so there are many reasons for me to look forward to and have an enjoyable time here,” said Chawrasia.
Other sponsors of the Resorts World Manila Masters Presented by Philippine Department of Tourism include Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club (Host venue), Marriott (Hotel Partner) Konami, Scientific Games, Aristocrat, Levelwear, IGT Asia Pte Ldt, Empire Automation, VYCON RGD LTD, PLDT Enterprise, Ecco Golf and Dalmore.