Que tied at the top with Yano #MyanmarOpen

Thu 26 Jan 2017

Que tied at the top with Yano #MyanmarOpen

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Yangon, Myanmar, January 26: Angelo Que of the Philippines recovered from a slow start to share the first round lead with Azuma Yano of Japan on six-under-par 65 at the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open on Thursday.
Que opened with a bogey but fought back with seven birdies to tie with last year’s runner-up Yano at the US$750,000 event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.
Azuma Yano of Japan Azuma Yano of Japan
The bubbly Filipino, who is a three-time Asian Tour winner, has a chance to redeem himself after finishing in a share of 11th place in Singapore last week when he double bogeyed the last hole.
Yano, a three-time winner in Japan but not since 2008, took his place atop the leaderboard as he aims to better last year’s second place finish at the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open.
Korean star K.T. Kim, a 13-time champion in Japan, trailed the leaders by one-shot as he shared third place alongside countryman Junggon Hwang and Jbe Kruger of South Africa, who qualified for The Open through the Qualifying Series Singapore last week.
Makoto Inoue of Japan, Keith Horne of South Africa, American rookie Kim Sihwan and Thailand’s Sutijet Kooratanapisan were also bunched up in third place at the Pun Hlaing Golf Club.
Interesting facts of the day:

  • Angelo Que birdied the three par-fives and sank only 26 putts in his round.

  • Que has a unique pre-match routine where he does not go to the driving range. He only chips and putts before heading out for his round.

  • Que is called the “human highlighter” because of how he dresses in bright coloured attire.

K.T.Kim of Korea K.T.Kim of Korea

  • Que was in contention at the SMBC Singapore Open last week before finishing tied 11th. He would have finished in tied sixth place if not for a double bogey on the 72nd hole.

  • Azuma Yano finished tied second at the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open last year albeit on a different golf course. He ended his campaign four shots back of the champion Shaun Norris.

  • Yano only missed two greens in regulation and the highlight of his round was when he holed four straight birdies from the 15th hole.

  • K.T. Kim was bogey free in a round of five birdies. He found 12 out of 14 fairways and averaged drives of 294 yards.

Key quotes:
Angelo Que (Phi) – First Round 65 (-6)
It was the first hole (bogey) and first hole jitters maybe. I’ve been hitting it solid since last week and if I keep doing what I’ve been doing then I’ll be okay. I told myself it was the first hole and there are so many holes left so be patient. That’s what happened and I made the birdies.
I’m not going to force anything. I talked to the wife and we talked about what happened in the last round (at SMBC Singapore Open last week). I played solid in the first 17 holes and it was only the last hole that gave it away (finished with double bogey).
I really forced that driver. If I hit a different club, the worst score I would have made would have been a five (par). I wouldn’t have won the tournament but at least all that effort for 71 holes wouldn’t have gone wasted on one hole. I’ve learnt my lesson and hopefully it will stick.
"I told myself it was the first hole and there are so many holes left so be patient. That’s what happened and I made the birdies." - Angelo Que

Azuma Yano (Jpn) – First Round 65 (-6)
Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines
I don’t like missing the cut (in Singapore last week) but luckily I have this week to make up for it. I was able to make some adjustment from last week and as you can see, it went very well.
I didn’t make many mistakes and I think that was key as compared to last week. It is very difficult to read the greens here but I putted so well. I like playing in events outside of Japan. Playing in Myanmar is something different for all of the Japanese players.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi) – First Round 67 (-4)
The key today was that I hit it really perfect from the tee. I’m happy with the way I was driving the ball because I’m using a new driver. I told myself to keep giving myself opportunities and the putts will drop.
I was tempted to go for the green on the 18th hole. I was really tempted but I told myself this is the first day and this is a marathon. That’s been my problem the last couple of weeks. I tried to win the tournament on the first day.
Gavin Green (Mas) – First Round 68 (-3)
I feel weak because I’ve been sick the last few days. My dad and my little brother pretty much did the practice round for me. I’ve been in bed resting. I played solid and kept everything in play. I gave myself a lot of looks and I’m quite surprise actually.
I’m hungry to do the best I could after Singapore last week. My performance told me I can do it. There’s a bit of tidying up I need to do in my game and I’m pretty excited for this tournament.
I love playing with the big boys. Jeev (Milkha Singh) and K.T. (Kim) are really experienced and it is what I need. Playing with them helps me. I’m little behind them in terms of experience but game wise I’m pretty close.
Scores after round 1 of the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open 2017 being played at the par 71, 7103 Yards Pun Hlaing GC course (am - denotes amateur):
65 - Angelo QUE (PHI), Azuma YANO (JPN).
66 - K.T. KIM (KOR), Junggon HWANG (KOR), Makoto INOUE (JPN), Keith HORNE (RSA), Jbe KRUGER (RSA), Sihwan KIM (USA), Sutijet KOORATANAPISAN (THA).
67 - Daniel CHOPRA (SWE), Shiv KAPUR (IND), Miguel TABUENA (PHI), Yusaku MIYAZATO (JPN), Natipong SRITHONG (THA).
68 - Gavin GREEN (MAS), Rahil GANGJEE (IND), Chiragh KUMAR (IND), Piya SWANGARUNPORN (THA), Yoshinobu TSUKADA (JPN), Masanori KOBAYASHI (JPN), Chan KIM (USA), Danthai BOONMA (THA), Lionel WEBER (FRA), Mingyu CHO (KOR), Daisuke KATAOKA (JPN).
69 - Michio MATSUMURA (JPN), Richard T. LEE (CAN), Kyungnam KANG (KOR), Prom MEESAWAT (THA), Katsumasa MIYAMOTO (JPN), Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA), Ryutaro NAGANO (JPN), Terry PILKADARIS (AUS), Casey O'TOOLE (USA), Matthew GRIFFIN (AUS), Rikuya HOSHINO (JPN), Yoshitaka TAKEYA (JPN), Jinichiro KOZUMA (JPN).
Shiv Kapur of India Shiv Kapur of India
About Leopalace21
Founded in 1973, Leopalace21 is a real estate company which constructs and rents apartments, currently managing 560 thousand rooms in Japan. The company also owns and operates a 36-hole golf course and resort facility in Guam, as well as 15 overseas offices which introduce residences and offices to Japanese companies advancing into the ASEAN region.
Leopalace21 Corporation: http://eg.leopalace21.com/
Leopalace Resort Guam: http://www.guam.ne.jp/
About the Asian Tour
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About the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open
The Leopalace21 Myanmar Open was first co-sanctioned between the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour in 2016. In 2017, it will be staged at the Pun Hlaing Golf Club and title sponsored by Leopalace21. The other co-sponsors are ABC Mart, Inc. KDDI Corporation, Secom Co. Ltd. SumitomoMitsui Construction Co. Ltd. Mynavi Corporation and Kaga Electronics Co. Ltd