Date: December 11, 2008

Flint fifth in Cambodia

Welshman Rhys Davies shook off the disappointment of his play-off loss in Vietnam last week to take a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open. Davies missed out on his first professional title when he was edged out by Thailand&aposs Thongchai Jaidee at the Hana Bank Vietnam Masters. But the 23-year-old responded in positive fashion, carding an eight-under-par 64 at the Phokeethra Country Club in Siem Reap. He made nine birdies and just a single bogey to be a shot ahead of American Anthony King in the Asian Tour event. “I played really well today. I just went out there, got very focused, hit a lot of good shots and was rewarded with a low score,” said Davies. “Last week was a great week too. But I can&apost dwell over one little shot, which I couldn&apost control and missed in the play-off. It&aposs a new week, great start – and I hope it continues.” King, a two-time winner on the Asian Tour, had eight birdies and a single bogey to lie alone in second place – one stroke ahead of Indonesia&aposs Rory Hidayat. Thailand&aposs Chawalit Plaphol is alone in fourth place on 67 – with compatriots Jaidee and Thaworn Wiratchant tied for fifth with Australia&aposs Gavin Flint, Malaysia&aposs Airil Rizman and Korea&aposs Park Jae-bum a further shot back. Flint&aposs fellow Australians Jason King and Richard Moir are locked at three-under after solid opening rounds of 69.