JUVIC Pagunsan hit an eagle and two birdies, but those weren’t enough to propel him as he made six bogeys for a 73 in a tough opening round in the Asia-Pacific Open on Thursday at Ibaraki Country Club in Osaka.
Pagunsan made a two on the par-4 No. 11 and had back to back birdies from No. 1, but the Filipino shotmaker had three bogeys on each nine.
He wound up 10 shots behind many-time Japan tour money list winner Shingo Katayama, who opened with a bogey-free eight-under 63 featuring four birdies on either nine.
Pariya Junhasavasdikul of Thailand was in solo second, two strokes off the pace, while Masahiro Kawamura of Japan and Rory Hie of Indonesia were tied for third at 69.
Pagunsan was joint 29th with a group that included Chapchai Nirat of Thailand.