Kim takes charge with a 66 at Wack Wack

Thu 15 May 2014

Kim takes charge with a 66 at Wack Wack

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Manila, May 15: Korean-American Chan Kim took advantage of a small change in his swing tempo to seize the first round clubhouse lead with a solid six-under-par 66 at the ICTSI Philippine Open on Thursday.
The big-hitting Kim traded seven birdies against one bogey to lead by three shots over little known Rolando Marabe of the Philippines, who posted his best round of 69 at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.
Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei, who won his sixth Asian Tour title at the same venue last year, was tied with Filipinos Rufino Bayron and Jay Bayron and Nathan Holman of Australia on matching 71s in the US$300,000 Asian Tour event.
Kim, winner of the 2013 Asian Tour Qualifying School, was delighted that a slight adjustment in his swing paid off tremendously after working with Patrick McGuire, the head instructor at Legacy Golf Performance Centre in the United States.
“I talked to Peter in Korea about my swing tempo and it seemed to work. I was just focussing on my tempo the whole round and it worked really well. Previously I slowed down on my back swing but now I’m going a little faster so my swing is in sync,” explained the 24-year-old Kim.
“In my first three Asian Tour events (missed cut) I was playing really aggressive and it didn’t work out. I figured out that I should be hitting it straighter rather than longer and that’s been helping me out a lot,” said Kim.
He has some unfinished business at the Wack Wack course after missing the halfway cut at the 2013 Solaire Open, which was staged at the same venue, by one shot.
“Last year I shot one-over for the first round and thought, well that’s not a bad score. Then in the second round I shot a seven on the famous (par three) eighth hole! I couldn’t get any momentum after that and missed the cut by one. I’m happy I made par there today!” laughed Kim.
Current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Anirban Lahiri of India struggled to get his round going following a disappointing 73. He was three-over after 12 holes but bounced back with back-to-back birdies on four and five before stumbling to a double bogey on the eighth hole after hitting his tee shot over the green.
“It was a frustrating round. I don’t think I played horribly. I just made some poor decisions and struggled on the greens. I don’t think I’m out of the tournament yet. It is a tough course and if you can play consistently then you can get decent score. I honestly don’t think I’m out of the tournament,” said Lahiri, a five-time Asian Tour winner.
Ends. 
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