Chiba Prefecture, Japan, September 21: Pavit Tangkamolprasert’s calculated game plan paid off when he took advantage of his accurate iron play to sign for an opening six-under-par 65 during the morning round of the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup on Thursday.
The 28-year-old Thai, the only player in the field without a driver in the bag, marked his card with seven birdies against a lone bogey to trail by three shots in a current third place alongside Japanese Ryuji Masaoka at the Caledonian Golf Club.
Japan’s Tadahiro Takayama fired a splendid 62 to take the clubhouse lead while K.T. Kim of Korea sits two shots back in second following a bogey-free round of 64 at the ¥150 million (approximately US$1.37 million) event.
Pavit’s decision not to use his driver proved to be a correct one as he was sharp in his iron-play and pinpoint with his approach shots all morning.
“I have been struggling with my driver for the last six to seven months. I have been trying to fix it but the feeling is still not quite there so I decided to take my driver out from my bag,” said Pavit, who claimed his maiden Asian Tour victory at the Macao Open last October.
“I hit my three-wood strong today and it turned out well. My iron-play and short game have been pretty good all year so that was why I was able to card a low score. I hope I can continue to play like how I did today.”
Starting from the 10th hole, Pavit fired five birdies to turn in with a commanding 30. He added two birdies on his way home before dropping a shot on his last hole ninth.
“I kept the ball in play. I got off to a great start which gave me some momentum and confidence heading into the round,” added Pavit, who amassed 25 putts in total, including a 35-footer birdie putt on seventh.