SUNG TAKES OPENING HONOURS AT BALLANTINE’S TAIWAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Taipei: Chinese Taipei’s Sung Mao-chang posted an opening five-under-par 67 to take the first round lead at the Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship on Thursday.
Veteran Wang Ter-chang, also of Chinese Taipei, returned with a 69 to take second place alongside compatriots Lien Chi-wei and Hsieh Tung-hu at the Tong Hwa Golf & Country Club in Taipei.
Defending champion Lin Wen-tang is bunched in equal fifth with Huang Tao, Chen Hao-sen, Chan Shih-chang, Yeh Wei-tze and Korea’s Joon Choi after they signed for matching 70s at the US$110,000 event which is the second richest tournament on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) this season.
Sung, who opened his campaign on the back-nine, recorded his first birdie on the par-four 11th before adding another on the 17th hole to reach the turn in 34.
The Chinese Taipei continued to impress in his homeward run by adding three more birdies in holes six, eight and nine to complete a flawless 67.
Meanwhile Wang showed that he can still match up against his younger compatriots when he also returned with a blemish-free round of 69 to stay two shots off the lead.
The 49-year-old veteran, who teed off in the front-nine, fired his first birdie on the par-five eighth.
Wang then marked with card with further birdies on the 12th hole and closing 18th in his homeward run to keep himself in contention for his first win since 2006 and also a coveted spot at the 2012 Ballantine’s Championship, a co-sanctioned Asian Tour and European Tour event in Korea which will await the winner.
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