After finishing 3rd at the NSW Open in November in his very first start as a professional, Perry struggled over the Australian summer missing the cut in four consecutive Tier One events but an 8th place finish at the opening event of the Japan Tour season in Nagoya was perhaps a better indication of the Gold Coast-based New South Welshman’s abilities.
An eagle, four birdies and a bogey have given Perry a share of the lead with former winner Kyung Tae Kim of Korea, the pair one shot ahead of Japan’s Shotaro Wada.
Former New South Welshman Won Joon Lee also played well when he opened with a round of 70 to be in a share of 10th place, while Perry’s fellow Sanctuary Cove-based Anthony Quayle was round in 71 to be tied for 20th.
Recent New Zealand Open champion Zach Murray is the next best Australian after his round of even par 72, with former two-time winner of the event Brendan Jones another shot back.
The event carries the further bonus of a start at the Open Championship this year to the leading four players inside the top twelve at week's end and not already exempt into the Open Championship.
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