PH McIntyre carded 67 in round one of the KCM Zambia Open to share the early lead with Daniel Greene and Robert Wiederkehr at Nchanga Golf Club on Thursday.
McIntyre made bogeys on either side of the turn, but those would be the only blemishes to his round as he carded 33 on the front and 34 on the back to close at five-under-par.
The afternoon field was hampered by thunderstorms, which forced a delay in play from 15h06 until 17h30. Players took to the course for a further 50 minutes before bad light stopped play for a second time, and the rest of the field was forced to delay until Friday morning.
McIntyre had a good start when he birdied the first, and would go on to card six further birdies before signing for his 67.
Only one stroke separates the leaders from Jake Roos and Bradford Vaughan, who share second at four-under-par.
Greene said ÂI had a great run of things, you know I just had some shots land right where I wanted them, and my putting was really good today, so I just managed to save some pars and then take birdies when they came.Â
Greene did well to maintain his composure and recover from a double drop on the 10th with birdies at the par-three 14th and the par-four 18th before making the turn at level-par. ÂI actually had a terrible start, but from there things went fine, I made some good putts and kept things going,Â he said.
Wiederkehr struggled with illness during his Pro-Am round, but proved his recovery when he went round the front nine in 32. He closed with a birdie at the 18th to claim a share of the lead.
McIntyre has recorded top-10 finishes four times in his career and will surely contend on the back of his strong opening round.