Randhawa ‘putts his heart out’ to a 64

Thu 16 Oct 2014

Randhawa ‘putts his heart out’ to a 64

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Hong Kong, October 16: A fitter Jyoti Randhawa of India ‘putted his heart out’ to set the early pace at the US$1.3 million Hong Kong Open after opening with a solid six-under-par 64 on Thursday.
The 2002 Asian Tour number one opened with a bogey but bounced back with seven birdies to lead by one shot over Angelo Que of the Philippines at the Hong Kong Golf Club. The afternoon session is still in progress.
The big-hitting Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium missed a close range birdie on the last hole for a 66 to settle for third while Mark Foster of England and Ricardo Santos of Portugal were a further shot back in the event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
The 42-year-old Jyoti needed only 23 putts around the Fanling course, which he says is playing easier compared to previous years.
“I've been playing decent in the last few weeks but haven't been able to put up a good number. Today I really putted my heart out, so I'm really happy with the way it went, and I'm glad I got the pace on the greens right,” he smiled.
“The golf course is playing a little easier than past years because the greens are soft and the fairways are soft, so you know you can really attack them. Right now you can go straight for the flags.  That does help a little bit, but the rough is up and if you hit it in the rough, then it's tough.  But you've got to putt, so I putted well and that's the score,” Jyoti explained.
The popular Indian, who has eight Asian Tour wins but not since 2009, says working on his fitness has helped improve his golf swing.
“I’ve been working on my physical fitness with my coach.  We've been doing a lot of cardio and building my lower body. Because of the swing change (last year), I'm swinging better, swinging more from the inside than the outside and I have a more stable base. My base is still not that strong, but I'm working on it,” said Jyoti.
Like Jyoti, the bubbly Que also wielded a hot putter en-route to a first bogey-free round on the Asian Tour this season. His highlight of the day was his first birdie of the day on the 15th hole when he sank a 40-footer birdie putt.
“I putted like a maniac today. I holed a lot of six footers for pars on the first few holes then I started to hit it better and holed a few more putts. I haven’t had a bogey free round this year and it is already October!” said the three-time Asian Tour winner but not since 2010.
“My first birdie was on the 15th hole (started on 11). I wanted to put it near the hole but it went in and I thought to myself “well that’s a start”. I hit my putt too soft on the next hole and it still went in and that’s when I told myself that it could be my day.”
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