Dynamic Thai duo lead Asian charge

Fri 12 Jul 2013

Dynamic Thai duo lead Asian charge

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July 12: Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat received a timely confident boost ahead of their Major challenge next week when they posted matching six-under-par 66s to take a share of third place after the first round of  the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on Thursday.
The Thai duo, who will be spearheading the Asian charge at the Open Championship in Muirfield next week, are two shots back of Englishman John Parry who opened with a 64 to lead at the Castle Stuart Golf Links.
Kiradech was a figure of consistency and did not display any nerves although he is playing in Scotland for the first time this week.
The 23-year-old marked his card with eight birdies against two bogeys to enjoy an encouraging start to his Scottish campaign.
“I’m very proud of myself as this is the first time I’m playing in Scotland. It’s really tough to find such links course in Asia but the key is to putt well and get up and down around the greens. It has been a good experience and I’m enjoying myself,” said Kiradech, who is currently leading the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Thongchai, a three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, also displayed the form that led him to 13 victories on the region’s premier Tour which is celebrating its 10th season this year.
“I played very solid today. I was driving the ball very well but the putting was very challenging on this course,” said Thongchai, who mixed five birdies, with one eagle and a bogey.
Meanwhile India’s Jeev Milkha Singh, who is defending his title this week, posted a 67 of India to stay three shots back of Parry in tied-10th place.
The Asian Tour honorary member chose to skip the Bollywood premiere of the film based on the life of his father to concentrate on his title defence and it was a decision that is turning out to be a correct one.
“I’m very happy with my five-under today. Obviously there’s a lot of pressure on me but I had an excellent start and I was three-under after four holes but then I got out of my routine. I got back really well on the back-nine, which left a good taste especially when I chipped in on the last hole for a birdie,” said the Asian Tour honorary member.
Ends.