Taiwanese veteran Lu Wen-teh proved yesterday he can still compete at the highest level after taking a first-day lead at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) with a five-under-par 67.
The 47-year-old rolled back the years at Linkou International Golf Club with a near flawless round which included six birdies.
It handed him a one-shot lead over the Philippines’ Artemio Murakami, Thailand’s Tannin Kwanchai, Japan’s Kawane Takafumi, Malaysia’s Iain Steel and Australia’s David Gleeson, who share second on 68.
Lu pared his opening four holes before dropping a shot on the 14th hole. He recovered brilliantly, reeling in three successive birdies starting from the par-four 15th to reach the turn in 34.
He continued his charge with another three birdies on his first four holes after the turn to take a first-round lead at the US$300,000 Asian Tour event.
“I’m very pleased with how I’ve played today. It’s good to know that I can still play so well even at this age,” laughed Lu, a five-time Asian Tour winner.
“My tee shots were good and I’ve no complaints with my putting too. Everything went well for me and I look forward to another day out in the golf course again tomorrow,” he said.
Steel, who welcomed the birth of his baby daughter three weeks ago, believes the timely arrival of his newborn has given him the added motivation of doing well this week.
“My daughter’s just three weeks old and hopefully she can bring me some good luck this week,” he said.
“It takes a little bit of stress away from the golf course, but it’s down to business now as I’ve got a few weeks before I go home again, so I’ve got to make hay while the sun shines,” Steel said.
Meanwhile, Murakami will be eager to return to his best form after a strong start where he marked his card with five birdies and a bogey.