Maybin magic show in Malaysia
Published 13/02/2009 | 00:00
Gareth Maybin put in a strong back nine to force his way into the top twenty overnight after the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open.
The Ballyclare man only began his first round after Korean teenager Seung-yul Noh had fired a ten under 62 to take the clubhouse lead.
Twice on the front nine Maybin got himself to one under but dropped those shots immediately with bogeys. Then a bogey six on the seventh hole took him to one over for the day.
But he turned it around with three threes in a row to get back to one under by the 11th.
And that six was his last dropped shot of the day as he picked up two more shots for a 69 to finish on three under in a share of 17th place.
Noh edged one shot ahead of Swede Alexander Noren with his sparkling 62.
The 17-year-old enjoyed an excellent start, holing a 45-foot birdie putt at his opening hole, the 10th, but it was playing partner Noren who set the pace for much of the morning after opening with four consecutive birdies at Saujana Golf & Country Club's Palm Course.
But Noh kept in touch with the Swede and eventually overhauled him with an eagle at the par-five seventh and a birdie on the eighth, his ninth of the day.
The lone blemish on the Korean's round was a bogey on the par-three fifth but the youngster had much to smile about after taking a one-stroke lead over Noren midway through the opening round.
"I didn't make any mistakes today and I putted really well to post a good score," said Noh, who won the Midea China Classic and had three runner-up finishes on his debut season on the Asian Tour last year.
"I'm happy but you don't win a tournament on the first day.
"The eagle on seven was pretty special but with a 10 under today, every moment was a highlight."
Noren had nine birdies in his bogey-free 63 and Noh admitted that the Swede's good form motivated him to play just as well.