SELANGOR, Malaysia -- Australia's Robert Allenby shot an 8-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead over Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas after the first round of the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia, the second-year event sanctioned by the PGA TOUR and Asian Tour.
Allenby, a Captain’s Pick on the International team for next month’s Presidents Cup in Australia, birdied four of the first six holes and three of the last four in his bogey-free round at The Mines Resort and Golf Club.
"I got away with a nice par on the 18th. I made lots of nice putts and hit the ball really well all day," Allenby said. "I had just one wayward tee shot at the last, but I made a good par to save at the last. Overall, I'm happy with my golf. I've been playing well for a while, but haven't really put the scores on the board."
Vegas birdied the final four holes.
"I had a really good round and hit the ball well," said Vegas, who won on the PGA TOUR earlier this year in his rookie season. "I felt like I hit a lot of good putts as well. Hopefully, I can keep the momentum going for the next three days."
The tee times have been released for the first round of this week's CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in Malaysia. Here's a look at some of the notable groups in the 48-man field.
|Players||Rd. 1 tee time||Comment|
|8:10 p.m. ET Wednesday
(8:10 a.m. local Thursday)
|A couple of 2011 winners -- Points won the AT&T Pebble Beach and Stallings claimed The Greenbrier Classic|
|8:20 p.m. ET Wednesday
(8:20 a.m. local Thursday)
|Allenby is on this year’s International team at the Presidents Cup; Vegas hopes to make a future team|
|9:20 p.m. ET Wednesday
(9:20 a.m. local Thursday)
|Crane won the inaugural CIMB last year and comes off a win on TOUR in his last start|