Stalwarts eye improved performance

Fri 08 Aug 2014

Stalwarts eye improved performance

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August 8: Asian Tour stalwarts will be looking to step up their game and narrow the gap with the first round leaders at the PGA Championship which teed off on Thursday.
Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee, a three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, mixed two bogeys against two birdies for an even-par 71 at the year's fourth and final Major where former world number one Lee Westwood shared the lead with Kevin Chappell and Ryan Palmer of the United States after opening with a 65.
The EurAsia Cup captain is six shots back of the leaders in tied-54th place which also includes honorary member Ernie Els of South Africa.
India's Anirban Lahiri and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat are a further shot back in a share of 79th place after they signed for matching 72s.
Lahiri, a four-time Asian Tour winner, who is making his PGA Championship debut, turned in 34 after marking his card with a birdie on the par-five seventh. However, he was pegged back after a costly double-bogey on 16.
Kiradech meanwhile stumbled early with three bogeys in his opening four holes. He rallied back with birdies on six, seven and 14 but would drop further shots on 12, 15 and 16 before closing with an eagle-three on 18.
2010 Order of Merit champion Noh Seung-yul of Korea carded a 68 for a share of 11th place while Korean honorary members K.J. Choi are Y.E. Yang are in tied-35th place and 126th place respectively after rounds of 70 and 75.
Over in China, Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul stole the limelight when he fired a record breaking 61 to establish a three-shot lead after the first round of the Yulongwan Yunnan Open.
The Asian Tour member is making his second start at the PGA TOUR China series.
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