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Peterson lights up Sarawak Champs on Fourth of July

A recharged Paul Peterson of the United States fired a superb nine-under-par 63 to take a two-shot lead in the opening round of the Sarawak Championship on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old is playing in his second event since taking a six-week break from golf and produced his low round score on the Asian Tour highlighted by nine birdies at the picturesque Damai Golf and Country Club.

Mark Brown of New Zealand, who won back-to-back Asian Tour titles in 2008, trailed in second place following a 65 at the inaugural US$300 000 Asian Tour event.

The in-form Jazz Janewattananond, winner of last week’s Queen’s Cup, was a further shot back in third place alongside countryman Peradol Panyathanasedh, Mitchell Slorach of Singapore, Javi Colomo of Spain and Berry Henson of the United States.

Peterson, ranked eighth on the Asian Tour’s Habitat for Humanity Standings, won his first Asian Tour title at the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open in January but struggled to repeat his winning form after feeling burned out from playing too much golf.

Playing on a sponsor’s invitation, the 43-year-old Brown, whose wife Mikayla was on his bag, did not miss a single green in regulation as he stayed within striking distance of Peterson.

Thai rising star Jazz continued his fine form by returning with a bogey-free round to stay on track for a second successive Asian Tour victory.

Article source: www.asiantour.com


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