Singapore - Australia's Sam Brazel and
three other players shot a two under-par 69 to share the lead in the inaugural
World Classic Championship in Singapore on Thursday before fading light
suspended the first round of play.
Play at the par-71 Laguna National Golf and
Country Club will resume Friday morning for 21 players who have not completed
the first 18 holes.
Brazel went ahead after the first nine
holes, but three bogeys in the second nine, including a double on the tricky
17th, whittled down his lead.
His dip allowed South Korea's Wang
Jeung-Hun and Thailand's Natipong Srithong to level scores after the morning
session. Another Australian, Scott Barr, joined the trio at the top just before
play was suspended late afternoon.
"The greens are pretty tricky and you
got to be smart," said Brazel.
"I got away with a few and played
nicely on other holes. It is not so much of a test off the tee but your second
shot is definitely crucial. Putting is quite difficult as there's always a
danger of hitting it to the wrong post."
Wang set out to make par at the Laguna
National, the 17th stop of the Asian Tour, and said his four birdies on the
first, eighth, 12th and 18th holes were a bonus.
"This is definitely one of the
toughest courses in Asia and you really have to be very focused," said
"When you make a mistake, you got to
recover fast as the greens are hard to read."Results after first round of the World Classic Championship at the
Laguna National Golf and Country Club in Singapore (par 71) on Thursday.
Wang Jeung-Hun (KOR) 69
Sam Brazel (AUS) 69
Natipong Srithong (THA) 69
Scott Barr (AUS) 69
Berry Henson (USA) 70
Miguel Tabuena (PHI) 70
Paul Peterson (USA) 71
Chinnarat Phadungsil (THA) 71
Charlie Wi (KOR) 71
Unho Park (AUS) 71
Shaun Norris (RSA) 71
Lindsay Renolds (CAN) 71
Namchok Tantipokhakul (THA) 71
Jazz Janewattananond (THA) 71
Siddikur Rahman (BAN) 71