Fung leads as Randhawa tied fourth at Manila Masters

The 25-year-old Malaysian drained seven birdies at par-72 Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club to hit the front after round one.

Jyoti Randhawa was tied fourth after round one.   -  PTI

Nicholas Fung said he was riding a wave of confidence from a runner-up finish last week as he shot a six-under-par 66 to lead the Manila Masters by a stroke on Thursday.

India’s Jyoti Randhawa (68) was tied fourth at the end of round one. S. S. P. Chawrasia (70) was tied 27.

The 25-year-old Malaysian drained seven birdies at par-72 Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club to hit the front after round one.

Fung finished behind Thailand's Danthai Boonma at last week's World Classic Championship in Singapore and he said he was still in the groove in Manila.

"My game is feeling good and I have been playing well. I left a couple of shots out there but it's okay. I am feeling very confident," he said, in comments released by the Asian Tour.

"I like playing here. It is always good to come back as I always feel comfortable. My runner-up finish last week definitely gave me a boost in confidence. It's good to come into the week with good form."

Thailand's Poom Saksansin and Hung Chien-yao of Taiwan shared second spot, a shot ahead of a group of seven bunched on 68.

Leaderboard after round one:

66 - Nicholas Fung (MAS)

67 - Poom Saksansin (THA), Hung Chien-yao (TPE)

68 - Sam Brazel (AUS), Orlan Sumcad (PHI), Lee Chieh-po (TPE), Rattanon Wannasrichan (THA), Kim Gi-Whan (KOR), Carlos Pigem (ESP), Jyoti Randhawa (IND).