The Australian Tim Wilkinson signed Thursday a 65-impact card, five under par on the course of the Golf Club of Panama, to be the first leader of the Panama Golf Championship Web .Com Tour of the PGA.
Wilkinson completed six birdies, on holes 3, 4, 8, 12, 16, 17, and a double bogey on the fifth hole.
Tied in second place, with 66 strokes, four under par on the court, Chinese Xinjun Zhang and Canadian Mike Weir.
The 2012 champion, Edward Loar had a good morning getting 67 shots, sealing the day -3 under par and occupying the fifth place.
Loar, who intends to return to the great golf circuit in Panama, won four birdies on the first day, on holes 4, 11, 15 and 17, while he had the bogey on hole 13.
The two-time champion of the event, Mathew Goggin finished -1, product of 69 strokes and starts the tournament from position 22.
For Latin America, the Argentine Nelson Ledesma and the Colombian Nicolás Echevarria were the best at the start of the tournament, being tied in nine position.
Ledesma and Echevarria finished the course of the 18 holes with 68 strokes and -2 under par of the court.
The Mexican Oscar Faustro finished with 72 strokes (+2) and in the 72 position.
The Argentine winner of Majors, Ángel Cabrera closed his first day with a card of 74 strokes (+4) and occupying box 104, like the only Panamanian Omar Tejeira.
The Puerto Rican Rafael Campos, runner-up of the 2018 tournament, finished the course today with five over the pair (75 strokes).
The second day of play will be tomorrow from 06:40 local time (11:40 GMT), with simultaneous exits, in group of 3, from holes 1 and 10.
The golfers who pass the cut, that is to say, the best 60 players of 144, will fight Saturday and Sunday for a bag of 625,000 dollars in prizes, where the first place must take a check of 112,500 dollars home.