As he escaped an opening 64 to claim the first-round lead at the CJ Cup in South 25, his home fans delighted.
An carded eight birdies in his blemish-free round to earn a one-shot guide over rising celebrity Joakim Niemann, whilst world No 1 Brooks Koepka birdied the 16th and eagled the last to salvage a respectable 69.
Four birdies on the first seven holes obtained An beginning he needed and, the home favourite reeled off three consecutive birdies from the 11th and inserted the following at 16 to get to eight below after turning into 32.
The BMW PGA champion was unable to take advantage of this par-five past, but hed done enough to be set up since leader and also an was delighted – and somewhat surprised – with his start at Jeju Island.
It was amazing, eight below and bogey free is always good, he explained. I hit it very strong, and that I wasnt expecting it, to be fair. Everything appears to be working, although I didnt hit it great that the last couple days and about the range now.
Everything was going in the flag that the ideal space and I holed a lot of putts today, so everything just clicked and I always took bogey free.
I will feel a great deal of support from people here. And playing well in front of them certainly is a bonus. HopefullyI will keep this going.
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Niemann was two under in the turn, but the young Chilean started the back nine with three birdies in four holes and made two at 18 and 17 to complete a 65 without a bogey.
Day is Australian supporting Adam Scott and Marc Leishman never played since the BMW Championship in August and has shrunk to 27th at the world rankings, but he gave himself a lift using a 66 that comprised four straight birdies around the turn.
His compatriot Cameron Smith is among a group of five players on five under, while 2017 winner Justin Thomas carded six birdies but blotted his card bogeys in the second and 18th holes to slide four behind the leader.
Graeme McDowell ended both nines with a set of birdies as he kept the errors at bay in a solid 68, also Ian Poulter was going nicely at four under with two to play before a bogey at the short 17th watched him slide into a tie for 15th with Tyrrell Hatton, Viktor Hovland and Koepka.
1, who missed the cut in Las Vegas two months ago, was erratic on the next half of his around until ending with a flourish, while Tommy Fleetwood also fought for consistency and also mixed three birdies with two bogeys in his 71.
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