Fraser, Liang share lead at Singapore Masters

3/8/2007 - Golf

SINGAPORE -- Australia's Marcus Fraser and Liang Wenchong of
China shot opening rounds of 8-under-par 64 Thursday to share a
one-stroke lead at the Singapore Masters.

Both players made eight birdies in blemish-free rounds on the
Laguna National Golf and Country Club's Classic course.

The co-sanctioned Asian and European Tour tournament is also
being played on the club's Masters course.

Shingo Katayama of Japan shot eight birdies but conceded a bogey
on the par-5 4th hole for a 7-under 65 to share third place on the
leaderboard with India's Jyoti Randhawa and Barry Hume of Scotland.

Liang, who sank four consecutive birdies on the back nine,
attributed his performance to steady drives and consistent putting.

"I played well on the first nine and after having fired three
birdies, I was a bit more relaxed heading into the last nine
holes," Liang said. "I carried my momentum into the back nine and
I'm pleased with my overall first round performance."

Fraser, whose lackluster season so far includes missing the cut
at last week's Johnnie Walker Classic, got off to good start with
birdies on the first two holes. A 40-foot birdie chip on the final
hole pushed him into the shared lead.

"I just did everything well today, I mean I hit a lot of wedge
shots in good and apart from a couple of wayward drives, my driving
was pretty good," Fraser said.