Phachara chases Warren after superb start #MaybankChampionship

Thu 09 Feb 2017

Phachara chases Warren after superb start #MaybankChampionship

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, February 9: Scotsman Marc Warren fired a stunning nine-under-par 63 to snatch an early two-shot lead in the opening day of the Maybank Championship on Thursday.
Warren produced one eagle and seven birdies at the Saujana Golf and Country Club’s Palm course to lead from Thai teenager Phachara Khongwatmai, who shot a 65 in the US$3 million tournament sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Marc Warren of Scotland Marc Warren of Scotland
Malaysia’s Arie Irawan carded a bogey-free 66 to carry the local hopes as he ended the morning session tied with Masters Tournament winner Danny Willett of England and American Peter Uihlein.
Korea’s Soomin Lee, who finished tied second in the inaugural Maybank Championship last year, put himself in position for another title crack with a fine 67 which featured five birdies.
Quotes
Phachara Khongwatmai (Tha) – First round 65 (-7)
I’m very happy. I didn’t think I could shoot seven under. This course is a tough course. One or two under would be good and if I can make the cut, I’ll be happy. I didn’t think too much about making birdies. I wasn’t confident of putting the ball but they all went in.
I’m happy that I could keep my form steady from last year, so I’m more confident in 2017. I now feel confident playing anywhere and also my style is to be as relaxed as possible. If what I practice is right, then I will keep doing it. I’ve been practicing my putting a lot as I know putting is important to put a score.
Singapore was a good week with a second place (also qualified for The Open). Every week, I want to make the cut. Then I’m happy. I won’t force myself. If I can keep up with my good form, I will try my best to get a win on the Asain Tour this year.
Arie Irawan of Malaysia Arie Irawan of Malaysia
Arie Irawan (Mas) – First Round 66 (-6)
I got off to a patient start, made the right decisions and then the birdies came. Made five in a row and another one on four. Just stayed in there. I made a 16 or 18 footer on 15 and hit it to three feet on 16, hit it to four and half feet on 17 and made a nine footer at the next. On one, I made a five footer. I was putting it good and putting the ball in the right position. That’s when the birdies started.
I love this golf course. I’ve played here since my junior and amateur days. It’s one of my favourite courses to play. It’s great for the tournament to come back here. To make no bogeys here is great as if you can make a lot of birdies here to be in a good position.
I played good on the last day in Bangladesh (last week). I shot a 68 and no bogeys too. So I’m on a no bogey run for 36 holes which is good. I learned a lot from playing in Bangladesh and from playing in Qschool. Just finding ways to get better. The preparation for this week has been good. My caddie and I did a lot of good work and it helped.
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About Saujana Golf & Country Club
Founded in 1984, Saujana Golf and Country Club offers two 18-hole golf courses namely ‘Palm Course’ and ‘Bunga Raya Course’. These courses are exquisitely designed for championship play by the renowned golf course landscaped architect, Ronald Fream Design Group California, USA & Ted Parslow of E&G Parslow, Australia. The two world renowned courses, have been accorded countless international accolades including “The best Championship Course in Asia (Palm Course)” by Asian Golf Monthly 2005 and # 69 “Top 100 Best Courses outside the USA (Bunga Raya Course)”by Golf Digest 2005. Further voted in the World’s Top 1000 Golf Courses by Rolex & 6th Toughest Course in the World (Palm Course) by CNNGo.com 2012. SGCC is the 15th Member of the exclusive European Tour Properties, only the third outside of Europe and the first in Malaysia to be an official European Tour Destination. Saujana Golf & Country Club is also nestled alongside the beauty of two hotels, namely The Saujana Kuala Lumpur and The Club Saujana Resort.