Park Sanghyun
Park Sanghyun

Defending champion Moon Kyongjun from Korea and his compatriots and Kim Hyungsung took the first round lead today in the GS Caltex Maekyung Open after shooting five-under-par 67s.

Koreans Hong Soonsang and Kim Bongsub finished just off the lead with 68s at Namseoul Country Club in the second event of the season on OneAsia.

Australian Michael Sim plus Koreans Kim Byungjun and Kim Bio all came in next with 69s.

The tournament’s star attraction Kim Kyungtae from Korea, who won in Japan last week to move to 48 on the Official World Golf Ranking, started with a solid 71.

Moon’s first day success is the continuation of a remarkable story in this event.

Little-known Moon triumphed last year in a thrilling error-strewn finish for the first victory of his career.

Moon’s win was more than 10 years in the making, and at times a tortuous journey that saw him beat a debilitating mental disorder that literally sucked his breath away during tournaments.

Holding a four-shot lead over playing partner Gareth Paddison from New Zealand on the final hole, Moon stumbled home with a triple-bogey seven but still won by two shots.

His victory helped him on his way to winning the OneAsia Order of Merit with earnings of US$ 224,953.

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