Cool Lee sets clubhouse target in Japan

Thu 24 Sep 2015

Cool Lee sets clubhouse target in Japan

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Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, September 24: Richard T. Lee of Canada took advantage of his sharp-shooting game when he set the clubhouse target on four-under-par 66 at the Asia-Pacific Open Mitsubishi Diamond Cup on Thursday.
Lee held back on playing aggressively and was rewarded with six birdies against two bogeys at the tree-lined Otone Country Club, West Course.
Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand and Kyungtae Kim of Korea were a further shot back in tied second place while tournament favourite Ryo Ishikawa posted a 69 at the Y150 million (approximately US$1.2 million) event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.
The 24-year-old Lee, who won his first Asian Tour title in Philippines last year, put his experience of playing at the Otone Country Club last year
Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand
to good effect as he missed only two fairways in regulation play.
“My tee shots were absolutely great. I learnt from last year (missed cut) where I was hitting the ball too hard. I toned it down by 70% on the tee shots to find more fairways. It makes it easier on your second shot when you are on the fairway because the rough is up.
“I made a lot of putts and had six birdies which is outstanding on this golf course. I’m usually an aggressive player. Sometimes I spray my tee shots but this is a course where you can’t do that. You have to make sure that you find the fairway,” said Lee.
After waking up at 4am, Thailand’s Panuphol, who started on the back nine, holed a 20-foot birdie putt on hole two which sparked his charge up the leaderboard. He marked his card with three more birdies including two on his closing holes.
“I had a 4am wake-up call which is 2am in Thailand! It was a sleepy morning. It is like working so I had to get up. The birdie on hole two was good. I’ll take a four there but I holed a long birdie putt. It actually lipped out and went in again! That kept me thinking that I can finish under-par,” said the 22-year-old.
Defending champion Hiroyuki Fujita struggled to a 71 and is currently in tied 68th position.
Ends.