Pariya holds early lead #yeangdertpc

Thu 30 Jun 2016

Pariya holds early lead #yeangdertpc

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Taipei, June 30: Thailand’s Pariya Junhasavasdikul set the early pace by returning with a six-under-par 66 at the US$500,000 Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) which got underway at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club on Thursday.
Pariya, whose last victory on the Asian Tour dated back to 2013, mixed six birdies, two bogeys and an eagle to take a slender one-shot advantage over American Casey O’Toole, who signed for a 67.
Qualifying school graduate Kevin McLister along with Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Li-peng
Casey O'toole of USA Casey O'toole of USA
are a further shot back after they carded matching 68s.
Pariya has only made the cut thrice in eight starts but a solid round of 66 has brought about renewed hope as he attempts to end a three-year title drought on the Asian Tour.
The two-time Asian Tour winner was almost flawless in his tee and approach shots and is hoping for his putter to work and complete his overall strategy for the week.
“It has been a while since I gave an interview after a round. It’s good to be in this position. I’m playing well. My driver and irons are spot on. I missed a few putts and a couple of birdie chances but I made it up with an eagle on four.
“I’ll try to keep it up again as my ball striking is there and if my putter can cooperate a little more, I’ll be in for a good chance,” said Pariya.
O’Toole is hoping his promising start at the Yeangder TPC will not be a flash in the pan.
The 25-year-old American enjoyed a stellar season on the secondary Asian Development Tour (ADT) where he was crowned the ADT champion.
However, he has not be able to replicate his winning form with only a tied-fifth finish in Myanmar as his best showing so far.
“To be honest, I’ve not been playing well these past couple of months. This is one of my lowest rounds so far and I’m definitely happy with how I’ve played.
Kevin Mclister of USA Kevin Mclister of USA
“I thought I did a lot of things which were really good. Nothing really spectacular but just played a really solid round of golf. Hopefully it’s not a fluke and I can continue to do well,” said O’Toole.
Like O’Toole, McLister also enjoyed a dream start in Taipei, where he is playing for the first time.
Fresh off earning his Tour card at Qualifying School in January, the American overcame his early nerves where he bogeyed the second hole to cruise home with three birdies and an eagle-two on the par-four 12.
“I had a good day. I struggled to get into the hole a little bit but struck the ball really well which made up for everything.
“The course suits my eye although the greens can be tough to read but it’s a challenge that everyone has to deal with,” said McLister.
Ends.
About the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship
The Yeangder TPC is the brainchild of Yeangder Group Chairman Mr. Emmet Hsu. An avid golfer himself, he holds his own on the fairways as well as the boardroom. Mr. Hsu is a strong supporter for golf in Chinese Taipei and across the region. Apart from sponsoring the Yeangder TPC, Mr. Hsu also sponsors the Yeangder ADT and supports the leading Chinese Taipei players including Lin Wen-tang, Chan Yih-shin, Lin Wen-hong and Chan Shih-chang.
Hsu Li-peng of Chinese Taipei Hsu Li-peng of Chinese Taipei
Inaugurated in 2010, the prize purse for the Yeangder TPC has grown from US$300,000 to US$500,000. The Yeangder TPC is a popular stop on the Asian Tour Schedule and it has welcomed many worthy champions such as Thaworn Wiratchant (2010 & 2013), Lu Wei-chih (2011), Gaganjeet Bhullar (2012), Prom Meesawat (2014) and Shaun Norris (2015).
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf