ZIMBABWEAN golfer Scott Vincent maintained his impressive form on the Asian Tour by posting an opening-round 66 to sit one shot off the lead at the $1 000 000 Resorts World Manila Masters in the Philippines yesterday. BY DANIEL NHAKANISO
The 24-year-old, who is chasing his maiden win on the Asian Tour since turning professional in June last year, got off to a dream start with three consecutive birdies on holes four, five and six before another gain on the par-five eighth to reach the turn on four under.
Vincent dropped his only shot of the day on the par-four 12th, but posted gains at the 14th, 15th and the 18th to finish with a solid opening round of six-under-par 66.
India’s Jyoti Randhawa and Chinese Taipei’s Lin Wen-tang were part of a five-way tie for the opening round lead in a leaderboard logjam, which also featured Thailand’s Danthai Boonma and Rattanon Wannasrichan and Johannes Veerman of the United States after the leading players all opened their campaigns at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club with matching eight-under-par 64s.
Vincent, whose best finish on the Asian Tour came last month when he tied for second at the Shinhan Donghae Open in South Korea, will be hoping to continue his solid start in today’s second round to put himself in a strong position to challenge for the coveted title during the weekend.