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Singapore Open: Maybin can see the way to victory

Gareth Maybin reckons new caddie Darren Reynolds can help him land his maiden Tour victory, having made big strides since teaming up with Paul McGinley's former bag man a month ago.

The Ballyclare player continued his fine form by recording seven birdies in a six-under-par first-round 65 at the Barclays Singapore Open, which left him trailing just two strokes behind clubhouse leaders Chris Wood and Kim Bi-o.

A downpour caused a four-hour delay yesterday and when bad light halted play near 7.0pm, just 96 of the 204 contestants had completed their round.

Maybin, playing the easier Tanjong course, headed the strong Irish contingent, with Darren Clarke recording just 28 putts in a five-under par 66.

Graeme McDowell was also at five-under after just eight holes. His Race to Dubai rival Martin Kaymer was at two-under par after six.

Peter Lawrie was on the ninth fairway at four-under; Padraig Harrington had earlier signed for a two-under par 69, which included a sixth-hole eagle when he hit a six-iron to two feet.

However, the triple Major winner also had a 12th-hole double-bogey when he drove out of bounds.

Maybin teamed up with Reynolds at last month's Portugal Masters and although he missed the cut there, he bounced back to finish 19th at the Castellon Masters.

A week later, he went into the final round of the Andalucian Masters tied for the lead with McDowell before carding a 76 to McDowell's 74.

It was Maybin's third second-place finish since joining the Tour full-time last season. And with Reynolds' assistance, it would seem Maybin could become the latest Ulsterman to capture a Race to Dubai event.

“You have to make your score on the shorter Tanjong course and I've managed to do that before we head to the tougher Serapong course,” said Maybin.

“Darren's been a big plus. He's extremely experienced and while I have had a couple of other good caddies I do feel I gel a little better with Darren.”

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