Kiradech Enjoys Opening Start

Thu 16 Feb 2012

Kiradech Enjoys Opening Start

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New Delhi, February 16: Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat proved once again that India is a happy hunting ground for him after he took the early opening round lead with a four-under-par 68 at the Avantha Masters on Thursday.
India’s Anirban Lahiri and Vivek Bhandari provided the cheers for the home crowd by taking a share a second place alongside five other players that include American Peter Uhlhein, the former world number one amateur on 69 at the DLF Golf and Country Club.
After narrowly missing out on his second Asian Tour win in Myanmar earlier this month, Kiradech is determined to shine again in the country where he savoured the winning feeling for the first time.
With the Avantha Masters enjoying the honour of being the first of the four events scheduled to be played in India this season, the 23-year-old knows that his game can only get better in the subcontinent.
“I think I’ve got the chance to win more tournaments in India. We’ve many tournaments on the Asian Tour in India and I think that by having more playing opportunities here, we get more familiar with the conditions and we can improve,” said Kiradech who earned his career breakthrough at the Sail Open last year.
Kiradech also believes that he is back to playing his best golf as he can do so despite carrying the effects of a back pain.
“I’m pleased with how I started considering that I woke up on the wrong side of the bed and got a back pain. I aggravated it during the pro-am yesterday but managed to see the physio in time,” said Kiradech.
“I’m playing my best golf and I hope this will continue throughout the season. I made some adjustments to my swing and they are more consistent now,” added the Thai.
Meanwhile Lahiri credited meditation for helping to enhance his mental toughness so that he can compete at the highest level.
“Meditation has helped me a lot with my golf and changed my career. I meditate more for personal peace this year and I guess that will reflect on my golf in time to come,” said Lahiri who fulfilled his true potential when he won his maiden title at home in April last year.
With the new season getting underway, the 23-year-old knows the importance of getting off to a good start and he is hoping to cement his position at the top at the Avantha Masters which is the first event to be is tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and PGTI this season.
“It’s important to get off to a good start especially for Indian players. We’ve a good opportunity to do so as we are very comfortable playing at home. If we can do so at this week’s event, especially since it’s such a big event, it’ll give you a boost for the rest of the season,” said Lahiri of the Avantha Masters which holds a significant place on the Asian Tour Schedule as it is the richest tournament in India, thanks to its US$2.3 million prize fund.
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