Australia’s Cameron Smith fired a Day One 64 to open up a 1-stroke lead at the CIMB Classic at the TPC Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on Thursday.
The 24-year-old Smith, ranked 76th in the world, racked up eight bogies – four on the front nine and four on the back.
Smith leads by one stroke over Americans Xander Schauffele and Keegan Bradley along with Thailand’s Poom Saksansin.
Schauffele, the favorite to win the PGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year award, eagled No. 3 on Thursday and had just one blemish on his card, a bogey on No. 6.
Bradley also eagled No. 3, and had a bogey on No. 8. He got near the top with three straight birdies between No. 14 and No. 16.
The 24-year-old Sakasansin is a former Asian Games representative who has two wins on the Asian Tour, most recently at the 2017 TAKE Solutions Masters.
Last year’s champion, Justin Thomas, shot a first-round 70. He had five birdies and three bogeys. Thomas’s win last year was the opening stanza of a fantastic breakout year. The next week he won the Sony Open in Hawaii and became the seventh man to shoot a 59 in PGA history. He went on to win the PGA Championship in August, the Dell Technologies Championship in September, and took the FedEx Cup title, including a bonus of $10 million.