Colin Montgomerie made a steady start to his bid to win his first title this year as he shot a five-under-par 66 at the Macau Open. But the Scot had to take a back seat to little-known Australian Adam Fraser who stole the show in the opening round of the Asian PGA Tour event yesterday. Fraser hogged the limelight as he blazed to a course record with a sizzling eight-under-par 63. The 26-year-old from Melbourne produced a flawless exhibition of putting to string together eight birdies, to break the old mark by one shot, held jointly by 2000 winner Simon Dyson of England and American Andrew Pitts. 'My putter was hot today. I had no idea that I had broken the course record. It is always nice to get a course record but now I hope I can carry on the good work,' said Fraser after an error-free round at the Macau Golf and Country Club. Fraser holds a three-stroke lead over Europe's Ryder Cup star Montgomerie and will be hoping to press home the early advantage as he bids to win his first career title since turning professional two years ago. 'This year I've tried to do too much by playing on the Asian Tour and the tour back home while also trying to qualify for the US Tour. Next year I will just concentrate on Asia and hopefully the US Tour. I like playing on this circuit and this is my fifth event,' Fraser said. Breathing down his neck is Montgomerie who was all smiles after finishing with seven birdies and two bogeys, to card a 66 which he said was one of his best opening rounds in recent months. The 40-year-old, who has won a title every year for the past 14 years, has been struggling to find his touch. His best result in 2003 has been two second-place finishes achieved in Europe. 'I got my game right at last. Unfortunately, it has come at the tail end of the season. But I'm very happy. I'm exactly where I want to be and I'm looking forward to the next three days,' he said. Montgomerie's last title triumph was in China, at this time last year, when he won the country's first US$1 million event, the TCL Classic in Dongguan. But for the past 12 months, he has been off the mark and seeking inspiration. He found it as soon as he arrived in Macau earlier this week. 'I was playing in Haikou and suddenly found myself hitting the ball sweetly again. I said 'Hang on, what is happening here'. I shot a 68 that day. I guess it was just a matter of time before I got my game back. You have to be patient and I have been patient,' Montgomerie said. Trim from losing weight on doctor's orders, Montgomerie completed the back nine with a birdie to cap off a satisfying round. 'It is always nice to birdie the last hole, always makes dinner taste better.' While Montogomerie was tucking into a late repast, he was joined at the top of the leaderboard by Hong Kong's Derek Fung who was in one of the last flights of the day. Fung also scored a five-under 66, finishing with a flourish as he birdied the last four holes on the back nine, usually regarded as the tougher section of this par-71 course. 'We were lucky, for the wind died in the afternoon. But even without the wind, this is a course you have to watch out for. I was patient all day and it paid off. It was a great finish,' said Fung, 34, who together with fellow professional James Stewart won Hong Kong a place in the prestigious World Cup team at Kiawah Island in the United States next month. 'If I can just play the way I did today, I should be in touch with the leaders.'