Yusaku Miyazato hit a perfect seven-under-par 64 to storm into the lead at the Myanmar Open on Friday, pulling three shots clear of South Africa’s Keith Horne.
Miyzato's hot putter saw him snaffle up seven birdies on his way to 11-under 131 total after two days’ play in the co-sanctioned event at Pun Hlaing Golf Club in Yangon. The 36-year-old has yet to drop a shot.
“I've had a perfect two days. It is unbelievable... I'm really enjoying my time here in Myanmar - my putting was also really good. I really managed my round really well the last two days. I need to stay sharp with my irons and putter during the weekend”, the Japanese golfer said.
Bumper cash prize
Golfers from 30 different nations are competing for a share of a handsome $750,000 prize pot in Myanmar's richest tournament. Since emerging from decades of isolating military rule, Myanmar has witnessed a budding golfing scene both for amateurs and professionals. Golf remains the preserve of the elite in a nation which was until last year ruled by a kleptocratic junta. But some of Myanmar's best golfers are from modest backgrounds, learning the skill as caddies to the rich.