Kiradech endures rough day #HSBCChampions

Thu 05 Nov 2015

Kiradech endures rough day #HSBCChampions

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Shanghai, November 5: Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat fell victim to the treacherous rough as he could only sign for a three-under-par 69 in the first round of the US$8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions on Thursday.
The big-hitting Thai struck the ball well at the 7,266 yard par-72 course where his average drive was 292.5 yards.
But while he could get the distance needed, the former Asian Tour number one was caught by the rough especially on holes eight, 15 and 16 where he dropped three shots.
“Today I hit a lot of balls well as I was trying to get more distance, but the rough was killing me.
“So I tried to control the ball on the greens, hoping to give myself more opportunities there. I was rolling the ball well and that helped today,” said Kiradech.
The world number 41, who has his mother for company this week, is looking forward to resuming his title charge at the Shenshan International Golf Club when he returns to the tee tomorrow.
“I’ll try to control my shots tomorrow and continue working on my putting. If you don’t look at the leader’s score, it’s still not a bad round for an opening day. There are definitely scoring opportunities out there and I’m going to get them tomorrow,” said Kiradech.
Thailand’s other representative at the WGC-HSBC Champions, Thongchai Jaidee, a three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, meanwhile returned with an even-par 72 after mixing his card with five birdies, one double-bogey and three bogeys.
Ends.