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Lam feels at home in Singapore

SINGAPORE'S Lam Chih Bing fired a five-under-par 67 to take the first round lead at the US$60,000 Mercedes-Benz Masters Singapore.

Having endured a slow start to the season, Lam's game finally clicked yesterday as he nailed six birdies for a one-stroke lead over Filipino Rey Pagunsan and Namchok Tantipokakul of Thailand.

Lam pounded the back nine on the Masters Course at Laguna National Golf and Country Club with birdies on 11, 14, 16 and 18.

"It is nice to post a low round. Of course playing at Laguna National helps a lot as I have played here so much. However, the swing felt good and the day has helped my confidence," said Lam.

The Singaporean enjoyed the finest season of his career last year winning the Asian Masters on the Asian Tour, the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia and the Singapore PGA Championship. He also became the first player from his country to play all four rounds at the British Open.

"I had a long break at the start of the year so it will take a bit of time to find my swing again. I played quite well at the Singha Thailand Open last week which was encouraging," said Lam.

Lam led the Mercedes-Benz Masters Singapore by four shots last year going into the last round before being overtaken by Pariya Junhasavasdikul of Thailand. Lam finished outright second.


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