Kiradech and Prayad put on fighting displays

Thu 17 Apr 2014

Kiradech and Prayad put on fighting displays

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Kuala Lumpur, April 17: Thai veteran star Prayad Marksaeng recovered from a triple bogey to shoot a three-under-par 69 in the opening round of the Maybank Malaysian Open on Thursday.
The EurAsia Cup star, who is an eight-time Asian Tour winner, hit two tee shots into the water on 17 for a triple bogey seven but fought back with four birdies including one on his closing hole to end the day four shots behind leader and playing partner, Lee Westwood of England.
Countryman Prom Meesawat also enjoyed a solid start as he shot two birdies in a bogey-free round at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club’s West course while title holder Kiradech Aphibarnrat overcame an outward 38 to fire a 71. EurAsia Cup Team Asia captain Thongchai Jaidee battled to a 72 which included six birdies, four bogeys and one double bogey.
Prayad’s battling display mirrored his performance in his singles match against Jamie Donaldson of Wales in the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM last month where he was three shots down before going on to halve the match, which proved vital in Asia’s draw with Europe in the Ryder Cup styled showdown.
The amiable Thai, who won twice on the region’s premier Tour last season, arrived for the Maybank Malaysian Open in top form after winning a tournament in Thailand last weekend.
“Winning in Thailand and being in the EurAsia Cup three weeks ago have given me added motivation. I hope I can continue playing like how I’ve been playing of late,” said Prayad.
Prom Meesawat of Thailand Prom Meesawat of Thailand
The 48-year-old was disappointed to drop three shots at the challenging 17th hole. “I played very well except for one hole. Otherwise I played very good from tee-to-green. I won last week so I’m feeling very confident with my game,” he said.
Prom, seeking a second Asian Tour victory, battled superbly to keep the bogeys off his card as he was only one of two players to stay bogey-free. “The key here is to get your ball on the fairway. I’ve played here many times but I don’t feel very comfortable because it is a tricky golf course,” said Prom.
“If you can hit it past 280 yards then you can carry the bunkers and have a short iron into the green. I just tried to get on the fairways and hit it as close as I can to the pin and that worked for me.”
A weather suspension in the afternoon proved to be a blessing in disguise for defending champion Kiradech, who was two over par through 10 holes. After slowing down his tempo for the resumption, he came out with a vengeance to shoot three birdies in his last eight holes.
“The rain came at the right time,” said the 24-year-old Asian Tour number one.
“I tried to force myself and hit it hard in the front nine. I lost my tempo with my swing and didn’t hit my irons well. But in the last seven holes, I managed to hit it to the pins. It’s a good come back.”
Ends.
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As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf,www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.
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Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) is a member of Sime Darby Property Bhd and a propriety Club wholly-owned and operated by KLGCC Berhad. The club has won numerous accolades from both local and foreign golfing fraternity, the latest being voted the ‘Best Course in Malaysia’ for the second time in a row for its championship West Course at the 2013 Asian Golf Monthly Awards, the second runner up for the Best Championship Course in Asia Pacific and nominated as Top 10 Best in Asia Pacific for Best Clubhouse and Best Pro-Shop categories. At the same time, KLGCC was voted Best Golf Experience for the Best of Malaysia Awards 2013 Travel Awards by The Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine readers. Today, KLGCC is a landmark as the most luxurious golf resort development in Malaysia and KLGCC has in recent years hosted numerous international championships such as the Maybank Malaysian Open and the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
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GlobalOne (Emerald Evolution Holdings Sdn Bhd) is an executive lifestyle sports promoter and we create sports event ownerships. We specialise in providing the full spectrum in sponsorship event management and have an excellent track record in planning and delivering on PGA European Tour golf events for Malaysia (Maybank Malaysian Open), Singapore (Singapore Masters) and Indonesia (Indonesia Open) since 1999. We have strong relations with sports governing bodies, the media and commercial sponsors and technical partners to deliver on the bottom line. We assist all our clients to create super-strategic, high-return, best practice sponsorship to provide a strong, unified vision, across departments and stakeholders, of the broad range of marketing and business objectives that can be achieved through this sponsorship. We also form and maintain strong relationship with players managers to source the best players. GlobalOne currently stages a highly successful and prestigious tournament in Asia – the Maybank Malaysian Open, which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour providing the event with Official World Ranking status. Our long term partners include Emirates (Official Airline), Carlsberg (Official Beer & Stout), Ricoh (Official Office Equipment),  Astro (Official Satellite TV), DoubleTree (Official Hotel), 100Plus (Official Isotonic Beverage), Crestlink (Official Apparel), Transview (Official Golf Accessories & Equipment), Mal-Tel (Official Radio & Communications), Spritzer (Official Water), Singleton (Official Whisky), Srixon (Official Range Balls), Havana (Official Cigars).