Chan and Chowrasia share early Selangor lead

Thu 18 Sep 2014

Chan and Chowrasia share early Selangor lead

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Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, September 18: India’s S.S.P. Chowrasia and Chan Yih-shin of Chinese Taipei shot five-under-par 66s to hold the joint clubhouse lead in the on-going first round of the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters on Thursday.
Chowrasia, a two-time Asian Tour winner, enjoyed a sparkling outward 30 at the Seri Selangor Golf Club while Chan, who is also a double champion, putted superbly to post his best opening round score since his last victory at the 2011 Venetian Macau Open.
Another Chinese Taipei player, Hung Chien-yao carded a 67 which included an eagle and five birdies, to lie one back while Australian duo Adam Groom and rookie Cameron Smith, Thailand’s Sattaya Supupramai, Korea’s Wang Jeung-hun and South African Mathiam Keyser posted 68s in the RM1.3 million (approximately US$410,000) Asian Tour event.
The amiable Chowrasia burst out of the blocks superbly with birdies on the 10th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 18th holes before coming home with two more birdies against as many bogeys.
WORLDWIDE SELANGOR MASTERS 2013“I started very well but struggled a bit on the back nine. It was still a good round. This is a short but very tricky course. You always have to place the ball at the right spots. You must hit your ball straight because there are a lot of hazards here,” said Chowrasia, who is currently 10th on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
“I made some good putts and that helped my round. I’ve been working on every aspect of my game and I think the hard work is starting to show results. I had two long putts on nine (30 feet) and 14 (25 feet from outside the green) which were nice.”
The strong start was a welcome relief to Chan, who lost his Tour card with a poor season in 2013 where he missed 10 cuts in 19 starts. He credited his putter for pushing him to the top of the leaderboard.
“My putter was very good, took only 27 putts on the greens,” smiled Chan. “I made like about five putts from the eight foot range which is always very nice. The course is not an easy course to play on, so I am happy. I think I got lucky with my putting.
“Last year, I didn’t play very well on Tour and lost my Tour card which was disappointing. This is only my third tournament of the season on the Asian Tour, so hopefully I can find some good form for the rest of the week.
“I will try to use my two wins on Tour as a motivation to push for a win. But I have to be realistic that today is still only the first day of the tournament.”