US golfer Kurt Kitayama leads after 1st round at Oman Open
MUSCAT, Oman (AP) — American golfer Kurt Kitayama kept up his impressive first season on the European Tour by shooting a 6-under 66 at the Oman Open to take a one-stroke lead after the first round on Thursday.
After coming through all three stages of Q-School in November to earn a place on tour, Kitayama won the Mauritius Open on just his third start of the season.
He holed a 15-foot putt for eagle at the par-5 12th hole and rolled in four birdies in a bogey-free round at Al Mouj Golf Club.
“I have a few more opportunities to play after my win,” Kitayama said. “It makes it easier to plan my schedule but it’s my first year and I want to see most of the courses to plan for next year.”