Kiradech ties for the lead at CJ Invitational

Fri 11 Oct 2013

Kiradech ties for the lead at CJ Invitational

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Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do, Korea, October 11: Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand struggled with a stiff neck when he returned this morning to complete the opening round at the US$750,000 CJ Invitational Hosted by KJ Choi on Friday.
Kiradech, who was on seven-under before the round was suspended on Thursday, had to return at 7am to complete five holes where he bogeyed 16 to settle for a six-under-par 66 at the majestic Haesley Nine Bridges Golf Club on the outskirts of Seoul.
The Asian Tour Order of Merit leader is tied with Kim Tae-hoon of Korea atop the leaderboard while Matthew Stieger of Australia, Kim Jae-ho of Korea, Gunn Charoenkul of Thailand and Jyoti Randhawa of India were a further shot back in tied third.
Asian Tour honorary member Choi, who is aiming to become the first player on the region’s premier Tour to win the same event for the third consecutive time, carded a 71 after erasing a double bogey on hole one with birdies on 12, 15 and 18.
“I’m still hitting very good. I made a little mistake on the 16th hole when I missed a short putt. I’m still happy with how I’m playing. I want to go stretch my neck a little bit because it feels stiff at the moment,” said Kiradech.
Scores after round 1 of the CJ Invitational Hosted By KJ Choi being played at the par 72, 7226 Yards Haesley Nine Bridges GC course (a- denotes amateur):
66 - KIM Tae-hoon (KOR), Kiradech APHIBARNRAT (THA).
67 - Matthew STIEGER (AUS), KIM Jae-ho (KOR), Gunn CHAROENKUL (THA), Jyoti RANDHAWA (IND).
68 - KANG Sung-hoon (KOR), JUNG Ji-ho (KOR), RYU Hyun-woo (KOR), Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA), Mithun PERERA (SRI).
69 - Darren BECK (AUS), Chapchai NIRAT (THA), Rikard KARLBERG (SWE), Anirban LAHIRI (IND), Jake HIGGINBOTTOM (AUS), Berry HENSON (USA), MAENG Dong-seop (KOR), KIM Gi-whan (KOR), HONG Chang-kyu (USA), LEE Kyoung-hoon (KOR), LEE Dong-hwan (KOR), Himmat RAI (IND), Chawalit PLAPHOL (THA), KANG Kyung-nam (KOR), HONG Soon-sang (KOR), Pawin INGKHAPRADIT (THA).