Westwood, McDowell set pace as Pagunsan gets off to quiet start in Asian Tour's Malaysian Open
Former Asian No. 1 Juvic Pagunsan is the best-placed Filipino after coming up with a one-under 71. Jerome Ascano

LEE Westwood of England and Grame McDowell set the early pace with 66s, while Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines came up with a 71 on Thursday at the start of the Asian Tour’s Malaysian Open.

Westwood and McDowell both fired seven birdies and both suffered bogeys on the par-4 No. 6, taking a one-stroke lead over Tommy Fleetwood of England and Danny Chia of Malaysia.

Pagunsan had a quiet one-under par round with two birdies and a bogey.

Angelo Que shot even par after a shaky run on the closing holes. The three-time Asian tour winner got to two under on the outward nine and was three under through 15 holes, but hit a double-bogey on No. 16, bogeyed the next before closing with a par.

Antonio Lascuna, top money earner on the Philippine domestic tour last season, was at two over 74. He traded three birdies for three bogeys but suffered a three-putt double-bogey on the par-4 No. 13.

Miguel Tabuena also shot a 74 featuring three birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey also on No. 13.

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