Schwartzel struggles to a 77 in Chiangmai

Thu 13 Nov 2014

Schwartzel struggles to a 77 in Chiangmai

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Chiangmai, Thailand, November 13: A puzzled Charl Schwartzel of South Africa stumbled to a five-over-par 77 to  in the opening round of the US$750,000 Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT on Thursday.
The 2011 Masters Tournament champion struggled with a cold putter as he turned in 42 before shooting his only birdie of the day on the fourth hole at the challenging Alpine Golf Resort Chiangmai.
“My score surprised me but I think it is possible that this golf course can do that to you. I’m confused right now because I played well in the pro-am. I felt really good about the course after the pro-am yesterday,” said Schwartzel, who settled for a share of 120th following the opening round of the Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT.
Starting from the 10th tee, his round unravelled with a bogey on the third hole before a lost ball on the next hole resulted in a double bogey. He dropped three more shots on 17 and 18 to trail the early leader Mardan Mamat of Singapore by a distant 10 shots.
“I didn’t get off to the best of starts today. I bogeyed the third and things got a bit out of control. I had a lost ball on the next hole. I kept getting bogeys and doubles after that and it seems to get carried over till I made the turn,” Schwartzel lamented.
Faced with the possibility of missing the weekend rounds, Schwartzel vows to fight back with a low round on Friday.
“I can see a possible low score on this course, maybe six or seven under but I’m not sure where the game is at the moment. I will definitely give my best tomorrow,” said the South African.
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