Sattaya sets early pace #KingsCup

Thu 28 Jul 2016

Sattaya sets early pace #KingsCup

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Pattaya, Thailand, July 28: Thailand’s Sattaya Supupramai overcame a stiff neck in the morning before going to post a seven-under-par 63 to take the morning first round lead at the King’s Cup presented by PTT Group on Thursday.
“I’m very pleased with how I played today. Actually I woke up with a very stiff neck this morning and felt really uncomfortable. The physios did a great job with their massages and I felt really good after that,” said Sattaya.
Sattaya, who has won thrice on the Asian Development Tour (ADT), cruised ahead with four birdies in his opening six holes.
Mardan Mamat of Singapore Mardan Mamat of Singapore
The Thai’s only blemish would come on the par-four nine, which is widely regarded as the toughest hole at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club.
“The pin positions were tough and it would be extremely difficult to make a recovery if you hit a bad shot here. I knew that was a tough hole. I drove it into the rough and was already telling myself I had to move on quickly after that bogey,” said Sattaya.
The 32-year-old stormed back with a vengeance after the turn by returning home comfortably with an inward-31, highlighted by another four birdies on holes 10, 11, 14 and 16.
‘I’ve played on this course on a few occasions so I have a bit of local knowledge which can be advantageous. I just got to stay relaxed throughout the week and it should be okay,” said Sattaya.
Singapore’s Mardan Mamat also stayed in contention for his sixth win on the Asian Tour after posting an opening 66.
The Singaporean finished tied-second alongside defending champion Thaworn Wiratchant in the 2012 edition and is hopeful of improving on that result, which was also his best finish at the King’s Cup which is making its return to the Asian Tour Schedule after a year’s absence.
“I’m happy I managed to get the swing back and I hit the ball very nicely from tee to green. I managed to hole some putts which were the key.
“This is not an easy course. Some of the pin positions are really difficult. If I can continue what I’ve been doing today, it should be a good week,” said the 48-year-old.
India’s Chiragh Kumar is also delighted with his opening efforts after signing for a 67.
The Indian is however bracing himself for more challenging conditions for his second round.
“I played well today. I didn’t make much mistakes so that was the key. This is a good course and suits my style of play.
“I’ll be playing in the afternoon tomorrow and I expect it to be windier. The greens here are small and there are some severe slopes a
Chiragh Kumar of India Chiragh Kumar of India
round here. So the winds will play a big role as you got to make a correct judgement to hit the greens,” said Kumar.
Ends.
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