Australian Smith leads by one at CIMB Classic

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Australian Cameron Smith's blemish-free eight-under-par 64 catapulted him to the top of the leaderboard after the opening round of the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur. World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama also posted a 70.

Thailand's Poom, who made six of his seven birdies on the front nine, said: "I played without any expectations. It is very important to play well in the opening events".

Australian Smith leads by one at CIMB Classic
Australian Smith leads by one at CIMB Classic

"It was boring, which I guess is a good thing out here".

Lahiri, third previous year at the same event, is coming of a tied-9th finish in the last start on the PGA Tour in the BMW Champion- ships, the third leg of the FedExCup play-offs.

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Schauffele was fighting simply to keep his PGA Tour card before a surprising T-5 finish at the U.S. Open sparked a torrid summer that included two wins. "Today's round was really the first time I've picked up a club since the Presidents Cup, but hopefully I can find my game quickly and somehow make it interesting on Sunday", he said at TPC Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

Poom Saksansin hopes to be the first player since Jim Benepe in 1988 to win on his PGA tour.

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"I feel great having finished the first round pretty well", said Park, 24, after her round with top-ranked Ryu So-Yeon and world number three Lexi Thompson at the SKY72 Golf & Resort.

Apart from Thomas, eight other major winners are in the restricted field of 78 at the $7 million tournament, including Americans Keegan Bradley, Stewart Cink and Jason Dufner, and a trio of South Africans in Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel. Now tied eighth, Lahiri is three shots behind Australian Cameron Smith, who after a successful rookie season on PGA Tour, holds the lead for the first time in his career.

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India's Lahiri, in tied eighth place with a five-under 67, said he was "a little disappointed".

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