Date: December 04, 2008

Barr fires early

Australia&aposs Scott Barr is just one shot from the lead after the opening round of the Vietnam Open. Barr&aposs six-under-par round of 66 means he will enter the second round one shot adrift of Kodai Ichihara, after he successfully negotiated the afternoon conditions to fire a blistering 65. Pyo Suk-min and Wang Ter-chang are tied for second place with Barr, while there are a host of players in equal fifth place at five-under, including Anthony Kang and Thongchai Jaidee. Of the other Australians, Gary Simpson fired an impressive round of 69 to be tied for 13th, while compatriot Andrew Dodt was a further shot back in a share of 19th. Opening round scores from the Vietnam Open: (par 72) -7: Kodai Ichihara -6: Scott Barr (Australia), Pyo Suk-min, Wang Ter-chang -5: Young Nam, Anthony Kang, Digvijay Singh, Rhys Davies, Artemio Murakami, Thongchai Jaidee -4: Taichiro Kiyota, Himmat Rai -3: Gary Simpson (Australia), Kim Sang-ki, Sattaya Supupramau, Frankie Minoza, Park Hyo-won, Pijit Petchkasem -2: Stephen Scahill (NZ), Jung ji-ho, J.B. Park, Andrew Dodt (Australia)