Flawless Arie trails by three #MaybankChampionship

Thu 09 Feb 2017

Flawless Arie trails by three #MaybankChampionship

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, February 9: Local hope Arie Irawan enjoyed a hot putting streak when he fired a flawless six-under-par 66 in the opening round of the US$3 million Maybank Championship on Thursday.
The 26-year-old made only 24 putts, the lowest among the top-10 players including the leader Marc Warren of Scotland, who he trails by two shots at the event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
He was the best placed Malaysian in tied third place followed by Gavin Green, who was a further two shots back in tied 11th place while Nicholas Fung and Ben Leong shared 31st place on matching 70s at the Saujana Golf and Country Club.
Gavin Green of Malaysia Gavin Green of Malaysia
Arie, a two-time Asian Development Tour (ADT) winner, parred the opening five holes before sinking five straight birdies. He marked his card with another birdie on hole four to enjoy a strong start in the star-studded event.
“Got off to a patient start, made the right decisions and then the birdies came. To make no bogeys here is great as if you can make a lot of birdies here to be in a good position,” said Arie.
“Playing early in the morning helps a lot. The greens were really good and rolled really good. It’s now getting windier and hotter. Just stick to the same routine tomorrow, sleep, wake up, stretch and warm up. Try to conserve energy as I’ll be playing in the afternoon. Need to stay hydrated,” he added.
Arie missed out on an Asian Tour card at Qualifying School in January by one shot but took advantage of his limited playing opportunities by finishing tied 32nd in Bangladesh last week where he was bogey-free in the final round.
“I learned a lot from playing in Bangladesh and from playing in Qschool. Just finding ways to get better. The preparation for this week has been good. My caddie and I did a lot of good work and it helped,” he said.
Maybank ambassador Gavin Green returned with a 68 by playing conservatively as he only used driver on holes three, eight, nine, 11 and 18.
“I gave myself a lot of looks. I was comfortable and not pressured. I stayed really calm and went with my game plan. I kept everything in play, hit a lot of two irons and when I needed to, I pulled out my driver.
“I can hit driver a lot on this course but not on the first day. When I need to push, then I might do it but overall I think this plan has been working pretty well. I’m trust my irons and how the ball is shaping,” said Green.
Ends.