Blake Windred declared a tournament record-equalling 63 to claim the first-round lead.
Windred birdied the final four holes to cover a nine-birdie opening round as he ended the day with a two-stroke guide over Junhong Park.
The Australian took advantage of the day conditions, including another at the 10th ahead of his grandstand finish ensured he would sleep on the overnight lead cruising with four birdies in six holes to the turn in 32.
“I just did not want it to end,” explained Windred, the entire world amateur No 11. “I was just loving it and I am just shattered it has ended. “I am quite pleased with the way I played. I believe I sort of virtually every target I had set, so that is always excellent. I felt like that I executed every shot .
“I did not even realise I birdied the last four till I signed up the scorecard. The nine, I kind of fought getting the pace. I felt as though I might have rolled in a few more. I’m so glad I did not start to force it since I knew I had the lines and remained patient. I hit fairways. There was always a chance to create the stretch.”
The winner will book a place in The Masters and The Open second season, but Windred isn’t getting ahead of himself of teeing up in Augusta National and Royal St George’s, despite the prospect.
“When I was to win, I’d unquestionably be playing with those majors,” added Windred, who had initially planned to turn professional after this tournament. “it is a excellent beginning, but yeah, we have still got three rounds to go.
“I guess that is something that I’ve practiced very hard for, like everyone else. I have been working incredibly hard on every aspect of my game, and the objective is to win this week. There is no sugarcoating itI need to win and that’s it. There’s no other choice.
“I’m not likely to have ahead of myselfbut at the exact same time, why don’t you adopt all that other stuff and keep it moving. Make a few more birdies tomorrow .”
South Korea’s Park, enjoying with his very first AAC maintained a bogey off his card in his opener, and a three-stroke gap is to a set of seven players sharing third place on four under par.
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