#RoyalCupAT – Round 1 what they said

Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind) – First Round 67 (-4)

I had a good, stable round. I hit the ball really well. I gave myself a lot of birdie opportunities but because I misread the speed of the greens, I missed some of them. Overall, it’s a decent start to the tournament.

I actually played without a practice round as I arrived last night, but because I played here last year, I have a rough idea on what’s going on at the course. It took me a few holes to get used to the speed and the slopes. By hole five, I was a little more confident and comfortable. I’m looking forward to the next three days.

My chip-in on seventh was quite special. I hit a six-iron and I just missed pin high right, on the right edge of the green. It was a tricky, quick chip and I was fortunate enough to hole it.

Jazz Janewattananond (Tha) – First Round 67 (-4)

I am happy with my first-round score. I had a little time to practice and prepare for the tournament as I flew in last night. The course was quite wet from the rain, but my plan is still to hit the fairways and greens for my birdie chances.

For the next round, I will stick with my game plan. It is always good to play in the tournament that has no cut as it takes pressure off. So, I will try to have fun with my golf and play great.

Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand

Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand

Shiv Kapur (Ind) – First Round 67 (-4)

Shiv Kapur of India

Shiv Kapur of India

I started off striking the ball very well and I’ve left quite a few shots out there. I putted 31 times and shot 67, which means that I’ve done very well when it comes to ball striking.

I made a good par save on the last from the bunker. When you hole a good putt on the last hole, it always leaves a good taste in the mouth.

My bogey on the 14th got me to re-focus and think. I told myself, “you’re playing well, but you have to buckle down.” This is especially so, when you haven’t played for some time and your sharpness isn’t there. I bounced back with a birdie on 15th, which set the tone for the rest of the day.

 

Prom Meesawat (Tha) – First Round 68 (-3)

Prom Meesawat of Thailand

Prom Meesawat of Thailand

During the round, I thought that I’m hitting pretty well. For my bogey hole (on the 17th), I hit a good shot but the wind just came when my ball was flying then it ended up being plugged in the bunker.

I missed a good chance for birdie at hole one. Two consecutive birdies came after, but I could have scored more. The wind, which picked up, didn’t help. Anyway, I’m very happy with a 68. At the second hole, the ball was off the green. I decided to putt instead of chipping it on, and the ball went in for birdie. That was quite satisfying.

The course conditions changed in the middle of the round, and that’s pretty tricky. The front nine is soft, so you have to control your wedge. The back nine got harder, so you’ve got to hit it as high as you can.

Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha) – First Round 69 (-2)

It is a good start for me in the first round with 2 under-par 69 because this is a tough golf course and today the golf course is wet from the rain so it is difficult to manage to hit the fairways and greens.

As for my birthday, there is nothing special I just hope to play well and finish with a good score for this week.

Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand

Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand

John Catlin (USA) – First Round 69 (-2)

I played really well. I’ve had quite a lot of good luck this year, but I think it has caught up with me. On my second hole of the day, par 5 up the hill. Three wood right at the hole, and it plugged in the face of the bunker. Actually, I made a pretty good par there. On the ninth, I only missed two yards left of the fairway and my ball ended up in really thick rough. There were also trees right in front of me!

But overall, I enjoyed lots of positives. It is good to see where my game is and I’m excited to play on the Asian Tour next year.