Hong Kong’s Taichi Kho on Thursday made a dream start to his first professional tournament on home soil, the World City Championship at the Hong Kong Golf Club.
Kho shot a six-under-par 64 to hold the clubhouse lead for much of day one at Fanling ahead of seasoned professionals such as Australia’s Scott Hend, who was one shot back at five under.
He’ll start day two in second place just one shot behind Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines, who shot a seven-under 63.
The 22-year-old Kho only secured his Asian Tour card in January, leaving the University of Notre Dame in the United States to join the circuit.
Among the big names from abroad, Britain’s Ian Poulter was at two under, while Henrik Stenson of Denmark will start day two at level par.
The tournament is the first Asian Tour event in Hong Kong for three years, bringing world class stars back to the SAR after a pandemic-enforced break.
They are vying for the US$1 million purse as well as one of four qualifying slots to play in the 151st Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in July.