TAICHUNG, Taiwan – Local ace Sung Mao-Chang took charge with a six-under 66, going 2-up over erstwhile co-leader Tseng Tsu-Hao while Jay Bayron kept his hopes for a spot in the weekend play despite a 73 in the Daan TPGA Open at the Ching Chuan Kang Golf Club here yesterday.
Sung, one of the few who had completed play in the rain-hit first round of the $100,000 championship Thursday, rattled off five birdies in a six-hole stretch from No. 12 then bucked a three-putt mishap on No. 2 with birdies on Nos. 6 and 7 to match Tseng’s opening six-under card for the solo lead at 135.
“I played relaxed all throughout and the course was very easy. All my drives, irons and putting are all good,” said Sung.
The weather had improved after a rainy opener with half of the starting 144-player field completing their first round play early yesterday, including Bayron, who groped for form with a 38 before play was stopped due to darkness Thursday but hit two birdies at resumption to save a 72.