TAIPEI - France's Lionel Weber shot a four-under-par 68 to take the opening round lead at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters in Taipei on Thursday. With five birdies against a bogey, Weber held a two-shot advantage over Malaysian Nicholas Fung, England's Steve Lewton and 2010 winner Pariya Junhasavasdikul of Thailand on the par-72 Taiwan Golf and Country Club's Tamsui course. "My putting was really good. I think this is the first time I've got only nine putts in nine holes. It was like a perfect day for me," said 24-year-old Weber, who is playing in his second year on the Asian Tour. Thailand's Prom Meesawat, who won the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Taipei last month, shared the fifth place with American Sam Cyr, Australian Marcus Both and two others with one-under-par 71.–AFP