PETALING JAYA (AFP) - Singapore's Mardan Mamat and Lam Chih Bing burst into the first round lead with a sizzling eight-under-par 63 at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup Asian Qualifying on Wednesday. The pair sank eight birdies in a bogey-free round in the fourball format at Seri Selangor Golf Club in Malaysia, putting themselves in line for one of three places up for grabs in the event proper in China. Pakistan duo of Shabbir Iqbal and MMunir logged impressive three under 68. At the end of the round the Pakistani pair was sharing 6th position with Taipei in the event which is being played with four ball (better ball) format on first and third round . Seventeen two-man teams have teed-up in the qualifiers with the aim of joining top golfers at the 28-nation biennial contest, which will take place November 24-27 at Hainan Island. Lam and Mardan, aiming to qualify for their fifth World Cup appearance together, shot six straight birdies from the eighth hole. "We combined really well. Mardan was rock solid. I kind of struggled but I was happy I managed to contribute a few birdies out there," said Lam, a winner on the Asian Tour. Veteran Mardan praised Lam for his birdies on the ninth, 10th and 11th holes. Lam also saved par at the difficult 18th. The newly formed pairing of Iain Steel and Shaaban Hussin of Malaysia flourished with a solid 64 to lie in second place. The home team got off to a strong start when Shaaban, making his debut in the Asian Qualifying, eagled from 10 feet on the par five fifth, in a round of six birdies and one bogey. "I was feeling a bit nervous but Iain gave me some tips on how to play in this type of format. He helped me a lot and he played very well," said Shaaban, who finished tied 20th at the Indonesian Masters earlier this year. Steel, who was born in Sabah but is now based in the United States, said the real test would be the second round's foursomes format. "Thursday is the crunch as we will find out how this partnership is really going. The competition will level out ... it will be a different ball game," said Steel. Michael Hendry and Gareth Paddison are a stroke back in third. Myanmar's Zaw Moe and Nay Bala battled to a 66 to lie three shots off the lead.