Pariya trails by two in Japan

Thu 26 Sep 2013

Pariya trails by two in Japan

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Osaka, September 26: Pariya Junhasavasdikul of Thailand surprised even himself when he shot a six-under-par 65 to trail the opening round clubhouse leader Shingo Katayama of Japan by two shots on Thursday.
The Thai, who won his second Asian Tour title at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters in June, got off to a hot start, carding three birdies and one eagle in his first six holes at the immaculate Ibaraki Country Club.
He added two more birdies against one bogey on his homeward nine to trail the flamboyant Katayama, who donned his trademark cowboy hat in a flawless round of 63 at the Y150 million (approximately US$1.48 million) event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.
Japanese Masamichi Uehira and Masahiro Kawamura and Indonesia’s Rory Hie, who missed out on an Asian Tour card at Qualifying School earlier this year, was a further six shots back from Katayama.
Pariya battled through the blustery and tough scoring conditions to continue his return to form. He won his first Asian Tour title in 2010 but did not hit top form until he tasted success in Malaysia three months ago.
“I didn’t expect to shoot six-under because the wind was blowing quite strongly even at six in the morning. But when you make birdie, eagle and birdie in the first three holes, it makes things much easier,” said Pariya, who is a licensed pilot.
His decision to enjoy life and spend more time on quality practice is beginning to pay huge dividends as he continues to soar on the region’s premier Tour which is celebrating its 10th season in 2013.
“If you asked me what I did to improve, I’ll say that I enjoy my life a little bit more. I don’t take golf too seriously anymore. I practice less but put in quality practice instead of quantity,” said the Thai.
“I didn’t touch my golf clubs much after I won. I practised less than an hour a day. I do a lot of indoor surfing these days and probably surf more than I golf. Once you enjoy something, I guess it carries on and has an effect on golf,” he added.
Hie sank a clutch eight feet par putt on the last hole to keep his score in the red. The young Indonesian qualified for the qualified for the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open when he won the Road to Panasonic Open Series in Indonesia.
“I was really impressed with the way I played today. It was fun to play with the two Japanese stars Hideto Tanihara and Hiroyuki Fujita. The course was playing pretty tough. The windy was gutsy but thankfully I had a good caddy with me and we managed to play through it,” said Hie.
“I visited my coach (George Pinnell) in the summer and he helped improve on my putting. It wasn’t technique but more a mental aspect of how to visualize the ball rolling into the hole.”
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