Indonesian Masters: Defending champ Bernd Wiesberger one shot off first round lead
Last Updated: 24/04/14 8:28pm
Bernd Wiesberger: Just one behind the leaders in Jakarta
Malaysia's Nicholas Fung and Korean-American Anthony Kang fired five-under-par rounds of 67 to share the first round lead at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters.
Thailand's Chapchai Nirat, a three-time Asian Tour winner, signed for a 68 to take a share of third place alongside defending champion Bernd Wiesberger of Austria, Thailand's Jazz Janewattananond, India's Sujjan Singh as well as Australia's Jake Higginbottom and Cameron Smith.
Fung was part of the Asian side who battled to an epic with Europe in last month's EurAsia Cup and admitted that experience had given him real belief.
"It's nice to see my name on the leaderboard. I made the cut in Malaysia for the first time last week and that gave me a huge confidence boost," he stated.
"Of course, the experience from EurAsia Cup has helped me as well. Playing with Jamie Donaldson and Graeme McDowell and Miguel Angel Jimenez at the EurAsia Cup has taught me a lot. I've learned to be patient with my game, try to calm down and always stay positive."
The Malaysian held his own and emerged as the best player in the morning's marquee group which included 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat (71) of Thailand and former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa (72).
Wiesberger endured a mixed front nine with three birdies and two bogeys, but was flawless coming home and added three more birdies, including two in his last three holes, to fire himself into contention.
However, it did not prove such a productive day for France's Victor Dubuisson who carded five bogeys in a two-over round of 74 that left him way down in a tie for 82nd.