Lien Chi-wei of Taiwan shot a surprising six-under-par 66 in tough conditions to take the opening-round lead at the US$600,000 Mercuries Taiwan Masters yesterday.
Unheralded Lien opened up a four-shot lead over Filipinos Angelo Que and Antonio Lascuna, Baek Seuk-hyun of South Korea and Taiwan’s Wang Shih-jui and Hsieh Chi-hsien at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club.
Lin Wen-tang, a five-time Asian Tour winner, and fellow Taiwanese Hsieh Chin-sheng, Indian star Anirban Lahiri, Australian Scott Hend, Kalle Samooja of Finland and Thailand’s Panuwat Muenlek were among the players who carded 71.
“My iron play was really good and I sank my putts,” Lien said. “It was a really good day for me.”