ANGELO QUE started hot and fired a near-flawless 67, just two strokes off clubhouse leader Unho Park of Australia in the rain-delayed first round of the Iskandar Johor Open on Thursday at Horizon Hills Country Club in Malaysia.
The 34-year-old three-time Asian Tour winner sank two birdies on the front nine and three at the back to go five under after 18 holes and take a share of fourth spot in the US$2 million event featuring some of the world’s best including Open champion Ernie Els and European Ryder Cup star Sergio Garcia of Spain.
Park also had a bogey-free round with seven birdies, the best completed round. David Lipsky of the US was eight under through 16 holes when play was suspended in the afternoon due to inclement weather.
Kevin Na of the US was alone in third after scoring a 66, while Que shared fourth with SSP Chowrasia of India and Peter Karmis of South Africa.
Els and Garcia were both even through three holes.
Japan Seniors Open champion Frankie Miñoza hit four birdies but had two bogeys and suffered a double-bogey on the par-5 No. 11 for an even-par 72.
Antonio Lascuna was off to a fine start with birdie on No. 1 when play was suspended, while Elmer Salvador was even through three holes.
Teen star Miguel Tabuena went off to a faltering start with a 75 featuring four bogeys and just one birdie, while Mars Pucay also struggled and hit four bogeys for a 76.