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ST ANDREWS BAY CHAMPIONSHIP: Mito Pereira leads the way with brilliant holed chip shot at the 18th

Mito Pereira pictured on Thursday August 24, 2023 during Round One of the St. Andrews Bay Championship at Fairmont St Andrews. (Image credit: Asian Tour)

Chile’s Mito Pereira holed a brilliant chip shot from 20 feet on the par-five 18th for an eagle to fire a six-under-par 66 and a share of the lead at the inaugural St Andrews Bay Championship today, with five other players on the opening day.


Spaniard David Puig – his Torque GC team-mate on the LIV Golf League – Indians Anirban Lahiri and Veer Ahlawat, South African Jaco Ahlers, and Andrew Dodt from Australia, shot the same number at Fairmont St Andrews – in an International Series event, on the Asian Tour.

Pereira’s fine finish made his 66 just that bit more special but he also started his round impressively making five birdies in the first six holes, on a sunny day when the wind was relatively subdued.


Pereira, who made an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys, said: “Nice to finish with the three. It all depends on the wind here, you never know, some days are pretty calm, and then you get 30 mile-an-hour winds. Today it was not that windy, at some point it started to blow a lot, I would say it’s the average low wind here. I hope it stays this way.


“This week is the same as all the events, hit well off the tee, be in position and try and make some putts. Today the driver worked pretty well, maybe one bad one.”

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