Kodaira sets early pace #DiamondCup

Thu 22 Sep 2016

Kodaira sets early pace #DiamondCup

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Osaka, Japan, September 22: Local prospect Satoshi Kodaira credited his improved putting stroke for a superb six-under-par 64 which saw him take the early morning lead in the opening round of the the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup on Thursday.
The 27-year-old Japanese needed only 23 putts to mark his card with seven birdies against a lone bogey for a one-shot lead over compatriot Shugo Imahira at the highly-acclaimed Ibaraki Country Club’s West course.
Australian Adam Bland rode on a fine start to stay two shots off the pace on 66 while Hideto Tanihara of Japan, highest ranked player in the field this week, is amongst those who returned with a 67 at the ¥150 million (approximately US$1.3 million) event.
“I felt very calm out there. I missed a few tee shots but I made some good recoveries. My approach shots were good. I had some saves out there. I hit my tee shots good for all my birdies today,” said Kodaira, a three-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour.
“I spend quite some time practising putting last week. I guess that made me feel better when I address the ball now. I practiced till dark for almost the entire week. My game is improving. I just have to keep trying,” he added.
Bland, a regular player on the Japan Golf Tour, began his title charge with a commendable round where he nailed five birdies before stumbling with a lone bogey on the last.
“I hit it close for a few easy birdies at the start. I made three birdies in a row. It was good from the start. It’s a great golf course. It’s long and the rain kind of made it harder. I sank a 15-footer on the first and that kind of gave me the momentum,” said the 34-year-old Australian.
“I was just trying to make as many birdies as I can. There are still three more days to go. We will see. You have to hit the ball on the fairways and take advantage of the holes where you got shorter clubs,” added Bland.
Ends.
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