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‘Part-time’ player shares lead in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR : Former champion Marcus Fraser and Nacho Elvira switched in 7-under-par 65s for the mutual lead of the Maybank Championship after the starting round on Thursday.

An opportunity behind were Jazz Jane wattananond of Thailand , Angelo Que of the Philippines , and Matthias Schwab of Austria . Thomas Pieters of Belgium was 2 shots behind on 67 after he eagled the par-5 very first hole .

Fraser won the inaugural event in 2016, his third and last European Tour victory, and by his own admission the Australian has become a ”part-time” player. But he was in fine form in humid conditions at Saujana Golf and Country Club with eight birdies and a bogey.

”[Golf] doesn’t mean as much as it used to,” Fraser said. ”When you’ve got that mindset it probably helps. I was more surprised than anyone going out there and shooting seven under.”

”I thought I was dreaming when I got to 9 under after 11 holes,” Que said. ”You try not to think too much and get ahead of yourself by ignoring it and keep playing.”

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