"Kiradech, Thongchai enjoy solid 72s #TheMasters"

Fri 08 Apr 2016

"Kiradech, Thongchai enjoy solid 72s #TheMasters"

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April 8: Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat produced a magnificent back nine fightback to salvage an opening round of even par 72 in his Masters Tournament debut on Thursday.
The 26-year-old Asian Tour star endured a nervous start at Augusta National Golf Club by running up an outward 40 with four bogeys before rallying late with some brilliant golf to end the day in tied 21st position alongside countryman Thongchai Jaidee.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth of the United States lead with a bogey-free 66.
Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand
India’s Anirban Lahiri, last season’s Asian Tour number one, endured a disappointing 76 following a triple bogey six on the par three 16th hole to lie in a share of 59th position.
Kiradech looked out sort early on but a superb eagle conversion on 13 from 22 feet led to his comeback. He showed his short game mastery with a chip in birdie on 15 before rolling in a 15-foot birdie on 17 to ensure a solid start in the year’s first Major.
“I was just too nervous," said Kiradech. "The eagle on 13 was a big key turn. And I got a lot of confidence back after I chipped in on 15 as well. Even par is a good start."
Triple Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Thongchai started strongly with birdies on one and three putting him in the outright lead on his own early on in the opening round. But bogeys on four and 16 saw him end the day with a 72.
"Very happy. It was a good round for me," said the 46-year-old Thongchai.
Lahiri, who made the halfway cut in his debut at the Masters last year, was cruising at level par following two birdies against as many bogeys before disaster struck on 16. He found the water hazard with his tee shot and after finding the green with his penalty shot, the Indian needed three more putts to find the hole before going on to bogey 17.