Solid Thongchai tied for 27th at Masters

Fri 11 Apr 2014

Solid Thongchai tied for 27th at Masters

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April 11: Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand opened with a solid one-over-par 73 at the Masters Tournament on Thursday to put himself on track to fulfil a personal Major milestone.
The three-time Asian Tour number one, who did not make it through to the weekend rounds in his previous visits to Augusta National Golf Club in 2006 and 2010, sits in tied 27th position, five shots from the leader Bill Haas.
Thongchai, the playing captain for Team Asia at the EurAsia Cup, got off to fast start with birdies on holes three and four before shooting a pair of double bogeys in the next two holes.
He was back on track with two birdies on his homeward nine but slipped back at the challenging Augusta National course with a bogey on the penultimate hole.
“My round was good today I shot 73 and I’m content. My game was actually quite good overall but some errors especially the fifth and sixth holes where I had two bad chips and three putted. It was disappointing because I was on a good run early in the round,” Thongchai lamented.
The Thai is confident he can make it through the weekend rounds if he can master the slick and tricky greens at Augusta National.
“The course condition is perfect. The challenges are the short game around the green you need to perfect the chipping otherwise it cost you strokes. The greens are pretty tough too,” said Thongchai.
Asian Tour honorary member K.J. Choi of Korea was the best placed Asian in tied fifth after day one.
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