Strange leads Asia-Pacific Open

Scott Strange.   

Scott Strange.

Scott Strange shot a six-under-par 64 to lead the Asia-Pacific Open Mitsubishi Diamond Cup oyesterday, as he underlined his return to form after being rocked by a triple tragedy.

The 38-year-old Australian lost both his sister and mother to cancer in 2008 and 2009, and a good friend also passed away in events which threatened to derail his career. But Strange is now enjoying a resurgence and his strong showing at Otone Country Club in Japan’s Ibaraki prefecture put him two shots clear of the field after round one.

“I lost my way until 2013 because my mother (Sylvia) and sister (Natalie) died of cancer and my good friend passed away,” he said, according to comments released by the Asian Tour.

“After that, I started thinking there is more to life than golf. Now I’m starting to piece things together by being a father and playing golf. In some ways, I feel that I’ve matured at the age of 38,” said Strange.

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