Date: November 23, 2007
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Brown still in contention

Australia&aposs Mitchell Brown carded a one-under par round of 71 to leave him in a tie for 13th place, still in striking distance of the leading pack who are three strokes ahead at the Vietnam Masters. Brown started his round in superb fashion, birdying three of the first four holes, but two bogeys on the back nine left him at three-under overall for the tournament after his first round of 70 at the Hanoi Phoenix Golf Resort. England&aposs Simon Griffiths and Thai duo Boonchu Ruangkit and Chawalit Plaphol are joint leaders at six-under par with another five players a further stroke behind. Griffiths round was highlighted by a sensational eagle on the par five 9th, and two birdies on the back nine ensured he would remain at the top of the leaderboard. Ruangkit could have had the overnight lead, but he bogeyed the last hole after he had built a solid round that included four birdies. Plaphol was one of just a handful of players to fire a bogey-free round, shooting five birdies on his way to a five-under 67. The big mover was USA&aposs Anthony Kang who shot an amazing six birdies from his last seven holes on his way to the day s best round, a six-under par 66. Australians Neven Basic and David Gleeson are also still in the hunt, four shots off the lead in a tie for 22nd. While compatriot Jason King undid his fine first round with a three-over par 75 to be a further stroke back.