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Ignacio Garrido leads with opening 65

Spaniard Ignacio Garrido mastered a considerable climate change to tie the lead with Briton Rhys Davies on seven-under par before thunder halted play in the first round of the Malaysian Open on Thursday.

In-form Thai and world number 44 Thongchai Jaidee, the highest ranked player in the field, was again on song as he shot a six-under 66 to lie a stroke behind. Thirty players will return early on Friday to complete their opening rounds.

For 1997 Ryder Cup winner Garrido, without a European Tour win since 2003, his round of 65 was a welcome return to form, especially given the stifling heat.

"For me to come here with all of the differences there are between here and Madrid where I have spent the last couple of months playing in the snow, then it is a very good score," he told the tour website.

Thongchai, who reached the quarter-finals of the WGC Matchplay Championship in Arizona last month, found the conditions equally stifling.

"I enjoyed it out there but the weather was so hot," he told reporters.

Former top 10 player KJ Choi of South Korea, now 96 in the rankings, carded a 67 to lie two shots off the pace.



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