Malaysia's Amir Nazrin tamed the challenging Seri Selangor Golf Club layout to post a superb six-under-par 65 and take the first round lead in the PKNS Selangor Masters.

Trading two birdies against a bogey on the front nine, Amir caught fire on the home stretch with five birdies for an inward 30. He leads the USD150,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event by two shots from Thailand's Denwit Boriboonsub and compatriots Shahriffuddin Ariffin and Edven Ying.

"I was nervous, especially after bogeying the first hole, but my caddy kept telling me to keep calm and stick to my game. So I just focused on hitting fairways and greens, and managed to make two birdies on the front nine. After crossing over, I kept the momentum going and went with the flow," said Amir.

"I'm sticking to my current gameplan of using my 3-iron off the tees and hopefully continue the momentum I have right now," added the 25-year-old, who is in 33rd place on the 2022 ADT Order of Merit.

In joint fifth place on 68 are Malaysia's Galven Green, England's Joe Heraty, Thailand's Suttijet Kooratanapisan and Lloyd Jefferson Go of the Philippines. ADT Order of Merit leader Suteepat Prateeptienchai of Thailand shot an even-par 71 and is in T18 place.

12-year-old Japanese amateur Daichi Hayashi, the youngest ever player to tee up in an ADT or Asian Tour event, carded an opening 82.

Jointly sanctioned with the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour, the PKNS Selangor Masters features a field of 132 consisting of 81 players from the ADT, 41 from the PGM Tour and 11 sponsor invitations. The tournament was inaugurated in 2008 as an Asian Tour event and was last staged in 2014 when Thailand's Chapchai Nirat won at Seri Selangor.

This is the 13th tournament of the 2022 ADT season and will be followed by the Saudi Open at Riyadh Golf Club in Saudi Arabia (December 8-10) and the season-ending Taifong Open in Chinese Taipei (December 22-25), both offering purses of USD200,000. With three events left, the PKNS Selangor Masters will thus play a crucial role in determining the final Order of Merit where the top-10 earn playing rights on the Asian Tour.

Leading Round 1 Scores:
65 - Amir Nazrin (MAS)
67 - Denwit Boriboonsub (THA), Shahriffuddin Ariffin (MAS), Edven Ying (MAS)
68 - Joe Heraty (ENG), Lloyd Jefferson Go (PHI), Galven Green (MAS), Suttijet Kooratanapisan (THA)
69 - Chonlatit Chuenboonngam (THA)
70 - Varanyu Rattanaphiboonkij (THA), Joshua Grenville-Wood (ENG), Danny Chia (MAS), Leunkwang Kim (MAS), Gregory Foo (SIN), Van Thomas (USA), Jack Murdoch (AUS), Hariz Hezri (a) (MAS)