In-form Shunya leads the way #BBO

Wed 10 Feb 2016

In-form Shunya leads the way #BBO

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Dhaka, February 10: Japan’s Shunya Takeyasu blasted an opening seven-under-par 64 to take the early morning lead at the second edition of the US$300,000 Bashundhara Bangladesh Open on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old Japanese, who just claimed his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) victory last week, began his title charge with a flawless display of golf where he nailed seven birdies to lead by one shot over Thitiphun Chuayprakong of Thailand at the Kurmitola Golf Club.
Shunya Takeyasu of Japan Shunya Takeyasu of Japan
Thai trio Namchok Tantipokhakul, Sutijet Kooratanapisan and freshman Kevin Techakanokboon carded matching 64s to sit in current third place alongside India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar and Rahul Bajaj, as well as George Gandranata of Indonesia.
Local prospects Md. Jibon Ali and Md. Abdul Matin emerged as the highest placed Bangladeshis after returning with identical 68s to share ninth place with Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe, who is playing in his first Asian Tour event this week.
Takeyasu, who turned professional in 2014. credited his hot putter for a solid round which saw him sink a 32-footer putt for par on the first hole.
“I played solid today, especially my putting. I sank a long putt on the first hole and that was kind of the highlight for me today. This is a challenging golf course. The fairways are tight so you got to drive the ball really well and put the ball in good positions.
Takeyasu, who secured his 2016 Asian Tour card after finishing inside top-40 at the Qualifying School last month, was pleased to build on his good form from last week.
Thitiphun Chuayprakong of Thailand Thitiphun Chuayprakong of Thailand
“Winning on the ADT last week was a great confidence-booster. The game’s feeling good and I am riding on my good form. I hope I can continue to play like that for the next three rounds,” added Takeyasu.
Thitiphun kept up his hopes of making amends for last year where he missed the halfway cut after marking his card with one eagle and six birdies against two bogeys.
“I think I am very lucky today, especially my putting. I sank in 15-footers on the eight and 18. The course is not easy. I putted very well and I guess that was what makes the difference today,” said the 23-year-old Thai, who sank a 10-footer eagle putt on seventh after hitting a three-wood for about 260 yards to the pin.
Round one of the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open is in progress. Follow live scores on www.asiantour.com.
With the Olympic Games looming in July where golf will be reintroduced as a medal sport, the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open will be a good opportunity for players in the region to earn their spots in Rio de Janeiro with the Official World Golf Ranking points on offer.
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