SINGAPORE - Panuphol Pittayarat made nine birdies in a blemish-free round of 9-under 63 to take the first-round lead at The Championship at Laguna National on Thursday.
Panuphol, ranked just 451st in the world, was a stroke ahead of a group of four golfers in second - Scott Jamieson, David Lipsky, Kim Byung-jun and local favourite Quincy Quek.
The tournament, a co-sanctioned European and Asian tour event formerly called the Ballantine's Championship, was moved from South Korea to Singapore just three weeks ago after it lost its title sponsor and the promoter failed to reach an agreement with a suitable golf venue.
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