Confident Thongchai starts with a 70 #HSBCChampions

Thu 27 Oct 2016

Confident Thongchai starts with a 70 #HSBCChampions

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Shanghai, October 27: Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee is confident of making his move up the leaderboard after carding an encouraging first round two-under-par 70 at the WGC-HSBC Champions on Thursday.
The three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner trails first round leader Rikard Karlberg of Sweden by six shots but knows it is still early days as he remains in the hunt for his first World Golf Championship title at the Sheshan International Golf Club.
“I played really good today and it’s definitely a good start. I’ve a good chance of moving up. I hit ball well and managed to take my chances even though the greens were quite bumpy and slow today,” said Thongchai
The Thai veteran has been enjoying a good run of form this season.271016_HWGC_Scott Hend (AUS) 08
Straight after winning the 100th Open de France in July, he went on to finish tied 15th at the Olympics and is eyeing another grandstand finish at the US$9.5 million Chinese showpiece.
“I feel I can do even better. You know, I played with a very stiff neck today and if I can shake off its effects tomorrow, I’ll come back even stronger,” said the 46-year-old.
Australia’s Scott Hend, who is seeking to join Thongchai in the exclusive Order of Merit winners’ club, is a further shot back from the Thai.
The merit leader traded two birdies against two bogeys for a 72 to take a share of 34th place that also includes former world number one Martin Kaymer of Germany.
“It was a bit of a struggle as it was really wet. The conditions on the green were not the best but I’ll be teeing off an hour earlier tomorrow and it should be better.
“The weather has been making things a little difficult for everybody and hopefully it clears up,” said Hend.
For more details on the WGC-HSBC Champions and all ticket information, please visit www.HSBCgolf.com/mens or follow official WeChat account: HSBCChampions
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HSBC’s global commitment to golf encompasses all levels of the game, from grassroots to elite.
HSBC is a proud patron of The Open Championship and this partnership with The R&A creates a centre of gravity to a global golf portfolio that spans HSBC's key markets.  In Asia, HSBC has spearheaded the arrival of world class golf events with its flagship WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai and HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.  The $9.5m WGC-HSBC Champions is renowned as ‘Asia’s Major’ and has made such an impact, that Rory McIlroy describes China as “an unstoppable force in world golf.”  HSBC has been co-title sponsor of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship since 2010 and the event has quickly become one of the biggest events on the European PGA Tour.
However, underpinning those international flagship events is a longer-term ambition to create a legacy from HSBC’s global tournaments through its sponsorship of youth development and grassroots programmes. In China, HSBC supports the HSBC China Junior Golf Program, a sustainable long-term structure and framework upon which the future of Chinese golf is being built. In Hong Kong, HSBC supports the HSBC Hong Kong Junior Golf Programme, a structured pathway for children to try the sport for the first time, develop their skills and, for those talented enough, the chance to represent Hong Kong on the international stage. In the UK, HSBC is sponsor of HSBC Golf Roots - The Golf Foundation's national development programme which promotes the sport in schools, helps youngsters into clubs and uses golf to promote important life skills.
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