16 Oct CJ Cup: Home favourite Byeong Hun An leads after 64
Since he chased an introduction 64 to assert the lead in the CJ Cup in South Korea his home fans delighted.
An eight birdies in his blemish-free around to earn a one-shot lead over star Joakim Niemann, while world No 1 Brooks Koepka birdied the 16th and then eagled the final to salvage a respectable 69.
Four birdies within the first seven holes got An beginning he wanted and, the house preferred reeled off three consecutive birdies from the 11th and included a second at 16 to get to eight under, later turning into 32.
The former BMW PGA winner was unable to make the most of this par-five past, but he’d done enough to be installed as An and clubhouse leader was understandably delighted – and somewhat surprised – with his start at Jeju Island.
“It was great, eight under and bogey free is always great,” he explained. “I hit it very strong, and I was not anticipating it, to be fair. I didn’t hit it on the range today and good that the last couple days, but everything seems to be working.
“Everything was going in the flag that the perfect space and obviously I holed a lot of putts today, so everything just clicked and I always shot bogey free.
“I can feel a whole great deal of help from people here. And playing nicely in front of them is really a bonus. HopefullyI will continue to keep this going.”
Click here to get Sky Sports Golf
Niemann was only two under in the turn, however, the young Chilean started the back nine with three birdies in four holes and made two at 17 and 18 to finish a 65, also without a bogey.
Day has slipped to 27th at the world rankings and has become the third-best behind Adam Scott and Marc Leishman having not played as the BMW Championship in August, Australian, but he gave a elevator having a 66 which included four birdies around the turn.
His compatriot Cameron Smith is among a group of five players on five under, while 2017 champion Justin Thomas carded six birdies but blotted his card bogeys at the 18th and instant holes to slide four.
Graeme McDowell stopped both nines with a set of birdies as he also kept the mistakes in bay at a solid 68, along with Ian Poulter was moving nicely at four under two to play prior to a bogey at the short 17th watched him slide into a tie for 15th with Tyrrell Hatton, Viktor Hovland and Koepka.
The world , who missed the cut in Las Vegas had been erratic over the next half of his round while Tommy Fleetwood mixed three birdies with two bogeys in his 71 and also fought for consistency.