Superb start for Kiradech in Oak Hill

Fri 09 Aug 2013

Superb start for Kiradech in Oak Hill

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August 9: Current Asian Tour no. 1 Kiradech Aphibarnrat enjoyed a superb start with a two-under-par 68 for tied 11th place in the opening round of the US PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club on Thursday.
The Thai star, winner of the Maybank Malaysian Open in March, carded three birdies against a lone bogey in his debut at the year’s fourth and final Major to end the day three shots behind co-leaders Jim Furyk and Adam Scott.
“My putting was great today. I hit it good throughout the round with the exception on 12 when I found the rough and made a bogey. The rest of the round was perfect. The greens were soft and there was no wind which made things easier,” said Kiradech, who finished in the top-40 of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last week.
Nicknamed Asia’s John Daly due to his hefty physique and attacking style of play, Kiradech will be hoping to learn from last month’s lesson at the British Open where he started well in Muirfield but stumbled in the second round to miss the cut.
“The course here is tough but I had a good game plan with my caddie. I hope to continue to play well,” said the 24-year-old.
"I was doing good in the (British) Open but struggled in the second round. I was a bit nervous, but I have learned from the experience of that major and will just try to work it out on the game tomorrow."
Asian Tour winner Marcus Fraser of Australia also started strongly with a 67 for a share of fifth place while three-time Order of Merit winner Thongchai Jaidee carded a 70 for a share of 32nd place. Thongchai is fighting to make the International Team for the Presidents Cup where he is currently one-rung outside the automatic top-10 selection.
Asian Tour honorary member Vijay Singh of Fiji also started with a 70 while Y.E. Yang of Korea, winner of the PGA Championship in 2009 when he became the first Asian male major champion, opened with a 72.
South Africa’s Ernie Els, who accepted an honorary membership with the Asian Tour last month, carded a 74 while K.J. Choi of Korea shot a 76.
Read what the world press is writing about Kiradech after his fine start:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/08/us-golf-pga-aphibarnrat-idUSBRE97710V20130808
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/golf/article-2387358/US-PGA-Championship-2013-Kiradech-Aphibarnrat-making-big-impression--Derek-Lawrenson.html
http://golfweek.com/news/2013/aug/08/2013-pga-championship-kiradech-aphibarnrat/
http://msn.foxsports.com/golf/story/kiradech-aphibarnrat-of-thailand-shoots-68-in-first-round-of-pga-080813