TONY Lascuna fired an opening-round 70, four strokes off the pace in the individual race in the World Cup of Golf on Thursday at Royal Melbourne.
Lascuna had a steady front nine featuring one birdie, and traded a bogey for birdie on the back nine for a one-under round.
In contrast, Angelo Que had a rollercoaster round of three-over 74, the three-time winner on the Asian Tour hitting four birdies but suffering five bogeys plus a double-bogey on No. 18.
Thomas Bjorn of Denmark and Kevin Streelman of the US were tied for the lead after shooting 66s, one stroke better than Stuart Manley of Wales, KJ Choi of South Korea and Martin Laird of Scotland.
Jason Day of Australia was alone in sixth place after a round of 68, while world No. 2 Adam Scott was down in joint 46th place after a 75 marred by a quintuple-bogey on the par-4 No. 12.
Lascuna and Que's two-over 144 put the Philippines in joint 11th in the team standings, with Denmark and the US leading the way at five under.
Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen and world No. 7 Matt Kuchar of the US both matched par.