KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Nathan Holman of Australia shot a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead Thursday after the opening round of the inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia at the Royal Selangor Golf Club.
Holman had seven birdies, including four on the back nine. He finished his bogey-free round with a birdie on the final hole.
"I'm really happy with 7-under, because you get in the rough sometimes and it can be difficult, especially under these weather conditions," Holman said. "But every aspect of my game has been heading in the right direction, and I'm looking forward to the next three days."
Willett said on Twitter his last 11 holes were "outrageous" and added on Sky Sports: "It's a strange old game. We hit it close a lot on the front nine and made nothing until eight and nine.
"And then we've hit it a bit scabby down the last, took advantage of the par-5s and holed two really long ones. It kind of goes in circles. You miss a few short ones and then you don't expect to hole a long one like that [on 18], especially going at that pace, but I'll take it."
Scorching temperatures that reached 93 degrees failed to dampen the quality of golf at the co-sanctioned Asian and European Tour event, which offers $3 million in prize money. Que's bogey on the 16th hole denied him a chance to share the lead.
"This week I am focused on what I need to do on the course to stay in the game," he said. "I played well a lot in Malaysia in the past 14 years, and today I holed a lot of putts, which is what you need to do in a tournament."
Malaysia's Shaaban Hussin had three birdies and an eagle after 12 holes but faded with three bogeys in the final five holes to finish with a 67.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.