ANGELO Que sank a 40-foot putt on his fifth hole and made four more birdies in a bogey-free round of 65 to sit just a stroke behind first-round leader Jyoti Randhawa on Thursday in the Hong Kong Open.
The Filipino shotmaker finally came up with a fine showing after struggling on the greens the past few months and posted his first bogey-free round of the season.
Que, who won the last of his three Asian Tour titles in 2010, started his round on the 11th and didn’t get a birdie until the 40-footer on No. 15 at the Hong Kong Golf Club.
He made it back-to-back with birdie on the par-4 No. 16 and hit three birdies on the front nine.
“I putted like a maniac today. I holed a lot of six footers for pars on the first few holes then I started to hit it better and kept holing putts, kept it going,” Que told asiantour.com.
“I haven’t had a bogey free round this year and it is already October!”
Jyoti bogeyed No. 1 but recovered to sink seven birdies to the top of the leaderboard.
Four-time major winner Ernie Els of South Africa and former European Ryder Cup team member Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium fired 66s and were in a big group tied for third.
Tony Lascuna matched par 70, while Elmer Salvador struggled to a 76.