Lipsky holds Order of Merit advantage

Thu 11 Dec 2014

Lipsky holds Order of Merit advantage

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Chonburi, Thailand, December 11: David Lipsky of the United States fired a one-under-par 71 in the opening round of the Thailand Golf Championship on Thursday to stay firmly in control in the Asian Tour Order of Merit race.
Lipsky’s closest challenger Anirban Lahiri of India matched his score for tied eighth place, two shots behind leaders Thanyakon Khrongpha of Thailand, Marcus Fraser of Australia, Richard T. Lee of Canada and Lu Wei-chih of Chinese Taipei at the Amata Spring Country Club.
Prom Meesawat of Thailand, who still has a mathematical chance of winning the Order of Merit, returned with a 72 for tied 19th place on a wind-swept day at the US$1 million Asian Tour event.
Should the results stay like this at the end of the week, Lipsky, winner of the Omega European Masters in Switzerland, will be crowned the newest Asian Tour Order of Merit champion.
“I didn’t hit it great today but I scrambled well and holed my putts when I needed to. It is very tough out there. The rough is very thick and you need to come into the greens with proper trajectory,” said Lipsky who leads the Merit rankings on US$707,585.
Trailing Lipsky by US$133,518, Lahiri got off to a hot start when he turned in 34 before marking his card with two bogeys. He recovered with a birdie on hole seven to stay in the fight to become Asia’s number one.
“It was really tough out there. I played pretty solid I think, just the middle of my round, a few holes, I let it go a little. I am satisfied, not the best of starts but I am still there. It's not easy to score out there.
Anirban Lahiri of India Anirban Lahiri of India
“You just got to keep playing. Keep finding the fairways. Keep giving yourself opportunities. I did well with that. Should have made a few more putts, but that's okay. I'm happy,” said Lahiri, a five-time Asian Tour winner.
Battling a back injury, home favourite Prom was delighted to be in the company of Major champion Martin Kaymer of Germany and title holder Sergio Garcia of Spain.
“I’m very happy with my score considering my health and the tough conditions here. It is very tough to play in the wind. If you miss the fairways by a couple of yards, then you still have a chance to approach the green. But if you miss way left or right, then you have to lay up,” said Prom.
“My back is getting better and better. I have to thank the Asian Tour physiotherapist for treating my back. I saw who I was paired with on Tuesday and I really wanted to play! I tried everything to get on the course,” the two-time Asian Tour winner explained.
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