Dodt and Martin in early control #NZOpen99

Thu 01 Mar 2018

Dodt and Martin in early control #NZOpen99


Queenstown, New Zealand, March 1: Australia’s Andrew Dodt shared the early limelight with compatriot Andrew Martin after they took the first round clubhouse lead with matching eight-under-par 64s at the ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open on Thursday.

Playing his opening round at The Hills, Dodt, a two-time Asian Tour winner, started promisingly with an opening birdie in his first hole. He dropped his only shot of the day at the par-three fourth but recovered quickly with another birdie on seven to reach the turn in 35.

Dodt’s game then sprung to life starting from the 13th hole where his birdie would mark the start of an amazing run. He fired four consecutive birdies before adding more gloss to his score card with an eagle-three on 17 before closing with another birdie on 18.

“It was a slow start, the conditions were a bit easy and I was only one under through 13 holes so I was starting to get a little anxious thinking I needed to start making some putts soon.

“I got a little hot from the 14th, birdied 14, 15, 16, driver three wood on 17 to 10 feet and birdied the last.

Maybe I was trying to force it a little bit too much early, because you know that conditions are easy, you should be making birdies and when you’re not you try and force it a little bit. I just tried to relax and a little less was more, let it come to me rather than go and chase it and it clicked into gear,” said Dodt.

Martin also enjoyed another good round at The Hills, a venue he has done consistently well over the years.

“All the boys give me a bit of grief about how well I play at The Hills. I just feel really comfortable on the course, everything suits my eye.

“It was a pretty stress free round for me, I know my lines and I was hitting good shots in to give myself lots of chances to drop a few putts,” said Martin.