Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Maybin two back in Singapore

Gareth Maybin
Gareth Maybin

Northern Ireland's Gareth Maybin is two shots off the pace at the end of a weather-interrupted opening day of the Singapore Masters.

England's Chris Wood fired a sparkling 63 to claim a share of the clubhouse lead on eight under par, but much of the field still had to complete their first rounds at Sentosa Golf Club.

Wood was joined by playing partner Kim Bi-o, who played the front nine in 33 but five birdies on the way back helped the Korean draw level with Wood.

Igancio Garrido, meanwhile, was piecing together potentially the round of his career with the Spaniard eight under through just 11 holes.

Maybin made a fine start with a 65 to finish the day in a tie for sixth alongside Anthony Kang, who was six under through 14 holes.

Darren Clarke was well placed in a big group of players at five under par thanks to a bogey-free effort that also included Graeme McDowell, Nick Dougherty, Miguel Angel Jiminez, Jamie Donaldson and YE Yang.

McDowell was still to complete his round and with the Tanjon layout playing the easier of the two, his effort was even more encouraging given he was playing the Serapong course.

McDowell, eager to chase down Martin Kaymer in the Race to Dubai, began like a man possessed with five birdies in six holes from the third, the Northern Irishman likely disappointed his first round was curtailed.

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