Settee Prakongvech (Tha) – First Round 65 (-7)
I didn’t expect to shoot a 65. I thought if I played really well, a 68 would be a good score or if I played decent, maybe a 70. But to shoot a 65 is a big surprise to me! This is my lowest score on the Asian Tour.
The first time I played here was in 2014 so I know how difficult this course is. Now I’ve improved as a player. I have more experience this year and I plan my game better. I’m also playing much better.
I played really safe and have more confidence with the driver. My shot is getting better as well so I hope to continue this form because my season hasn’t been very good so far.
Eagle on hole 7: Driver to fairway, 5-iron to the green and holed a 35-feet eagle putt.
Gavin Green (Mas) – First Round 67 (-5)
It was hot out there. There were a couple of holes that were so tough and you had to play on different fairways. That’s what I did but I made some putts that saved me. My putting was solid.
It is so hot out there so I don’t think it is normal. At the same time everybody is playing in the same weather so you just need to deal with it. I had a lot of good holes. When I was in trouble, I still managed to make up-and-down so that was very important.
Danthai Boonma (Tha) – First Round 68 (-4)
I played very well from tee to green. I stayed out of trouble from my tee shots and gave myself a lot of birdie looks. It wasn’t windy in the morning so I took advantage of that. I three putted on two holes so that was disappointing. Overall it is still a good start.
My game has been okay. In the last five weeks I played on the European Tour and I got a lot of experience from there. Yeah the weather here is much hotter than Europe but I still prefer it than being cold!
I want to focus on my plan this week. I don’t want to think about the result or trophy. If I can keep the ball on the fairway, I will have a chance to score.
Kao Teng (Tpe) – First Round 68 (-4)
The most important thing to do here is to hit the fairways but I only managed to find seven fairways. The rough is shorter here this year and the green speed seems to suit my game. This is my best score on this course because I’ve missed the cut here in my last five appearances. The goal for me now is to make the cut for the weekend. I will try and play it safe tomorrow.