October 23, Seremban, Malaysia: Malaysian S. Siva Chandhran took the lead after the opening round of the PGM-ASEAN PGA Negeri Sembilan Masters today with a six-under-par 66, and based on precedent he may be very hard to catch this week.
Siva claimed the 2010 Negeri Sembilan Masters Invitational here at Seremban International Golf Club by 12 strokes after leading from start to finish.
The 34-year-old from Kuala Lumpur once again showed his love of the layout by nailing seven birdies, including on 17 and 18, to lead by a stroke from compatriot Iylia Jamil and Thailand’s Kwanchai Tannin – the current leader of the ASEAN PGA Tour Order of Merit.
Since turning professional in 2006 he has been a multiple winner of Malaysian domestic titles.
The event is the eighth leg on the 2013 ASEAN PGA Tour and the third to be jointly sanctioned with the PGM Tour.
Singapore’s Choo Tze Huang is tied for third after a 68 along with Malaysians Akhmal Tarmizee, Mohd Sukree Othman, and Nicholas Pua.
One of the pre-tournament favourites Mardan Mamat from Singapore, winner of the PGM-ASEAN PGA A’Famosa Masters in May, came in with a 69.
Thailand’s Namchok Tantipokhakul, who is second on the Merit list, shot a disappointing 79.
Leading First Round Scores:
66 – S Siva Chandhran (MAS)
67 – Kwanchai Tannin (THA), Iylia Jamil (MAS)
68 – Akhmal Tarmizee (MAS) , Choo Tze Huang (SIN) , Mohd Sukree Othman (MAS) , Nicholas Pua (MAS)
69 – Nattapong Putta (THA) , Ratchapol Jantavara (THA) , Mardan Mamat (SIN) , Keegan Kam (MAS)
70 – Al-Malik Faizal (MAS) , R Nachimuthu (MAS) , Mohd Zurie Harun (MAS) , Lam Yu Shuen (MAS)
71 – Fadzlan Faruk (MAS) , Apichart Papitak (THA) , Koh Dengshan (SIN) , Farid Rashid (MAS) , Daniel Ng Choo Sian (MAS) , Rattanon Wannasrichan (THA) , Arie Fauzi (MAS) , Shaifubari Muda (MAS) , Kenneth De Silva (MAS) , Haziq Hamizan (MAS)