Chris Paisley leads by a shot at 7-under 65
Chris Paisley takes the clubhouse lead with 7-under 65 at weather disrupted Maybank Championship and is followed by David Lipsky and Michael Lorenzo-Vera at 6-under 66, where the latter was able to finish only 16 holes for the day.
What a putt by captain Arjun Atwal 🔥 Maybank Championship
Posted by Asian Tour on Thursday, February 1, 2018
Paisley has been in form for a long time now and he recently won his maiden European Tour Title at BMW SA Open and recently finished 5th at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic which was stunningly won by Li Haotong with a shot over Rory McIlroy.
Paisley fired a bogey-free seven-under 65 for the day at Saujana Golf and Country Club with two back to back birdies on the 17th and 18th holes, for a shot lead over fellow countryman David Horsey and Frenchman Lorenzo-Vera was left to play two more holes before the play was suspended due to fading light.
David Horsey fired an eagle on the par-5 13th and aided it with six birdies, two of which came on the last two holes just like Paisley, and two bogeys on the 10th and the 16th left him short of a comfortable lead.
David Horsey’s last win on the Tour came in 2015 and is surely looking for a great run here.
This is Paisley’s second appearance at the Maybank, last year he finished T-41st.
Following the top-two positions for a T-4th finish are Andrew Johnston, David Lipsky, Arjun Atwal the Asian Team Captain on the EurAsia Cup, Romain Wattel, Soomin Lee, and Alexander Levy at 5-under 67.
Atwal, the former Asian Tour number one posted seven birdies and two bogeys in his round to keep the Indian hopes alive. He is aiming for a third victory in Malaysia after winning National Open in 2003 and 2008.
Gaganjeet Bhullar finished the round for a T-10th finish at 4-under 68 joined by the defending champion Fabrizio Zanotti, Ryan Fox, Robert Karlsson, Thomas Detry, Marc Warren, European Team Captain Thomas Bjorn, Scott Jamieson, Chris Hanson, Chan Shih-Chang, Phachara Khongwatmai, Jazz Janewattanond, Nino Bertasio, Gavin Green the current Order of Merit leader on the Asian Tour, Daisuke Kataoka, Bowen Xiao, and Marc Warren who was able to finish 15 holes today.
The round was suspended at 7.30 pm local time due to fading light and 40 players are to return tomorrow at 7.50 am to continue their remaining first round.