Video: Scott sets the 'Barr' #Taiwan_Masters

Thu 29 Sep 2016

Video: Scott sets the 'Barr' #Taiwan_Masters


Tamsui, Chinese Taipei, September 29: Scott Barr of Australia fired an opening four-under-par 68 to set the clubhouse target at the US$800,000 Mercuries Taiwan Masters on Thursday.

The 44-year-old, who is searching for a first Asian Tour victory after playing in Asia for 14 seasons, leads by one shot from Singapore’s Mardan Mamat and Thailand’s Chawalit Plaphol at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club.

Talented Thai teenager Phachara Khongwatmai returned with a 70 to share fourth place with local favourite Lu Wei-chih, who is a two-time Mercuries Taiwan Masters champion.

After missing seven consecutive cuts earlier in the year, Barr took time off from the game and has enjoyed some good results including a tied third place finish in Chinese Taipei in July.

“I had a poor start in the year but things are starting to pick up midway through the season. I took some time off from the game and got away from the game. I had a chance to win in Chinese Taipei (in July) but it didn’t happen,” said Barr.

“I’m enjoying playing golf at the moment. I started teaching when I took a break from golf. I like picking on other people’s swing instead of mine,” he laughed. “I’ve been working on the same philosophy for some time so hopefully I can pick it up a little bit better this week.”

Starting from the 10th tee, Singapore’s Mardan chipped in for eagle on the seventh hole to trail by one shot as he marked his card with five other birdies against four bogeys.

The 48-year-old, a five-time Asian Tour winner, has been low on confidence since finishing in eighth place in Australia in February but he hopes to turn the corner and build on his good start.

“My season has not been great. I need to play some good golf towards the end of the season to keep my Tour card. I want to get some confidence back and trust myself. I’ve been playing this game for so long but I suddenly lost confidence in my game,” said Mardan.