NEW Zealander David Smail fired five under par 67 to set a new course at the Natadola Bay Championship Course yesterday.
Smail started off with a bogey on the second but birdies on the third and fifth put him back on track. An eagle on the sixth and birdies on the eighth and ninth pushed the Kiwi to five under.
Smail managed par on the back nine to post the new record.
Jae Hyeok Lee of Korea shot four under par 68 during the Nomura Cup in 2011.
A host of golfers matched that during the opening round on Thursday.
Smail said this was his third course record.
"I hold one in New Zealand and set one in Australia a long time ago," Smail said.
"It did not know that it is a new course record. It is quite amazing and I played pretty well. I started off with a bogey on the second hole.
"That's when I said oh here we go and the wind is blowing. It was tough conditions out there. I had a nice eagle on the sixth and birdies on eighth and ninth, it was a dream run really.
"I hit the drive into the middle and hit a nice three iron into about 15 feet and holed the putt. It all sounds easy but it was good to get the tee shot on the way."
Smail has five wins on the Japan Tour and two wins on the PGA Tour of Australasia.
He said his aim would be to continue his fine form.
"I putted pretty badly on the first day and tried to force things to happen," Smail said.
"Today (yesterday) I just tried to get the speed right and they all went in which was nice. On the back nine I struggled with my long game but managed to hold to a few puts.
"Hopefully I can play well in the final round. It is really tricky out there and you have to do the best you can."