Trio tied for lead at Russian Open

Fri 26 Jul 2013

Trio tied for lead at Russian Open

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July 26: China's Liang Wen-chong, 2007 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, fired  a five-under-par 67 to grab a share of the opening round lead with England’s Simon Dyson and Multiple Asian Tour winner Rikard Karlberg of Sweden at  the M2M Russian Open on Thursday.
Liang displayed a class act in ball-striking when he got off to a flying start by trading six birdies against one bogey at the Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club.
"I played really nicely today and hit the ball in very close to a lot of pins so had some fairly easy birdies," said Liang.
"It is a very beautiful course and the three holes from 11th to 13th are just so beautiful," added Liang, who was recently appointed as the Royal and Ancient's (R&A) first ambassador for golf in China.
Dyson, who was Asia’s number one in 2000, enjoyed a resurgence in form with a bogey-free round.
Playing regularly in Europe today, the Englishman made only seven cuts in his first 15 events this season.
However, a confidence-boosting first round 67 has brought back that much-need self-belief for Dyson.
"I don't want to say I am disappointed with five under because you can never be too disappointed with that, but it could have been a lot better because I missed a few real good birdie chances and left a few shots out there today. But, as I said, I am not going to get too down on myself because I played so well out there today and I just can't wait to get back out there now because I am feeling good,” said Dyson.
Karlberg overcame a nervy start with two opening bogeys before taking command with five birdies and an eagle on the eighth.
"It was really good today and a great start for me,” said Karlberg. “It wasn't the best start to the round with two bogeys in the first two holes, but I managed to get things back pretty quickly and went on a great run near the turn and managed to turn it around,” added Karlberg, a two-time Asian Tour winner.
Spain’s Javi Colomo fired a 68 to stay a shot back of the leaders for a share of second place while Australian Scott Hend signed for a 70 to take tied-14th place.
Thailand’s Prom Meesawat and India’s Jeev Milkha Singh posted matching 71s to take a share of 25th place while S.S.P. Chowrasia (72) and Gaganjeet Bhullar (74) are tied for 40th and 60th place respectively.
India’s Anirban Lahiri and Shiv Kapur carded disappointing rounds of 78 and 76 respectively.
Meanwhile in England, Filipino Frankie Minoza opened his campaign at the Senior Open Championshi Presented by Rolex with a 68.
Highly regarded as one of Asia’s living legend having won multiple titles in Asia since the early 80s, Minoza opened with a bogey on the first and a triple bogey on the third, before staging a comeback on the back nine with four birdies  in his last five holes at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club.
Ends.
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