Barnes grabs Malaysia lead after bogey-free opening round

Kuala Lumpur: American Ricky Barnes sank eight birdies in a flawless opening round to take a one-shot lead in the Asia Pacific Classic on Thursday.

The 29-year-old`s round of 63 put him ahead of compatriot Ryan Moore, who also turned in a bogey-free performance in the $6 million PGA Tour co-sanctioned event.

World number eight Luke Donald of Britain and South African Ernie Els carded four-under-par 67s to share 10th place with four others.

Barnes, who won the Eisenhower Trophy with the United States team here in 2002, hit 17 greens in regulation and putted well at the Mines Resort and Golf Club.

"I made it a very stress-free round on myself by putting from about 20 or 25 feet. It seemed like my putts were all from that region," said the 2009 U.S. Open runner-up.

"I played really well. I got off to a good start by making some good swings and had a 10-foot look at eagle on three which kind of got my round started."

South Korean Charlie Wi, a seven-times winner on the Asian Tour, shared third place with Britain`s Brian Davis and Swede Carl Pettersson all on 65.

Bureau Report