Asian Tour player Rikard Karlberg upstaged the favourites in the first round of the US$7 million CIMB Classic, carding a superb seven-under-par 65 to lead by two shots.
The Swede nailed seven birdies including his last two holes at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club’s West Course to top the leaderboard, with Americans Billy Hurley III and Brian Stuard trailing by two shots along with Filipino Angelo Que.
Defending champion Ryan Moore kept within striking distance with a solid four-under-par 68, tied with seven other players in the joint PGA Tour and Asian Tour event.
It was not however a good day for the two Malaysians in the field, with Nicholas Fung carding 73 and Danny Chia shooting 75.
Play was halted for around two hours in the late afternoon due to lighting activity but resumed at 3.30pm.
In addition to US$1.26 million and 500 FedExCup points and a two-year PGA Tour exemption, the CIMB Classic champion receives invitations to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions along with two Majors (Masters and PGA Championship) and The Players. He would also earn exemptions into six additional invitational events.