Oman Open: Kurt Kitayama leads as Joost Luiten starts strongly
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 28/02/19 2:28pm
Kurt Kitayama grabbed the early lead at the Oman Open, as Joost Luiten made a strong start to his title defence.
Kitayama fired a bogey-free 66 at a windy Al Mouj Golf to hold a one-shot advantage over morning pacestters Scott Jamieson and Japan's Yusaku Miyazato.
David Horsey and Thomas Pieters are part of the group two off the pace, while Luiten - the highest-ranked player in the field - began his bid for back-to-back Oman titles with a three-under 69.
Kitayama birdied the sixth and rolled in from 10 feet at the eighth to reach the turn in 34, before following picking up a shot at the 11th and holing in a 15-footer at the next to move into a share of the advantage.
The American pitched to three feet to set up another birdie at the par-five 16th to grab the outright lead, with Jamieson one back after a bogey-free start and Miyazato also tied-second on five under.
Pieters was also in that group until a final-hole bogey, with David Drysdale two strokes back until finishing his two-under 70 with back-to-back bogeys and Chris Wood posting a level-par 72 in his first start of 2019.
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