Korea’s Doyeob Mun sank a spectacular ace en route to an opening five-under-par 67 to grab a share of the clubhouse lead on a rain-soaked Thursday at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC).
Mun, who aced the par-3 8th hole with an 8-iron from 169 yards, stood tall amid the gloomy weather conditions to set the clubhouse target alongside his compatriots Minchel Choi and Yikeun Chang, as well as local stalwart Lin Wen-tang and India’s Karandeep Kochhar.
“This is my third hole-in-one but first in a professional tournament,” Mun said.
“It’s been a tough day with the rain delays … But overall, it was a very good round, considering the weather conditions.”
The quintet is among the 72 players in the morning session to have completed their opening rounds at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club, where play was halted for three times throughout the day due to inclement weather, causing a four-hour delay in total.
Play was later abandoned for the day at 6.10pm local time due to fading light. All 72 players in the afternoon session will resume their round at 7.00am on Friday with the second round scheduled to start at 8.50am.
“This is my third hole-in-one but first in a professional tournament.” – Doyeob Mun
Playing partners Wang Wei-hsuan and Lien Lu-sen of Chinese Taipei are on six-under-par through 13 holes while countryman Lee Chieh-po trails the duo by two shot after nine.
Although Wang has yet to complete his round, the 19-year-old has matched the Tour’s record of most birdies made at the start of the round with his seven birdies in-a-row at the US$500,000 event, which is celebrating its 10th edition on the region’s premier Tour.