Thanyakon cruises ahead on home soil

Thu 11 Dec 2014

Thanyakon cruises ahead on home soil

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Chonburi, Thailand, December 11: Thailand’s Thanyakon Khrongpha continued his good form with a morale-boosting three-under-par 69 to take the morning lead at the on-going first round of the US$1 million Thailand Golf Championship on Thursday.
Thanyakon, who was denied his maiden victory in Jakarta last week, was a figure of consistency as he eclipsed Spain’s Sergio Garcia and Germany’s Martin Kaymer by trading four birdies against one bogey at the Amata Spring Country Club.
“I hit good drives and putted very well. I must continue to do that. I wasn’t worried about my score because the conditions were tough. I like the greens here. I know where the slopes are and I don’t find it tough to putt on these greens,” said Thanyakon.
The Thai put aside his disappointment of missing out on his first win on the region’s premier Tour last week after making double bogey on the last hole but remains confident of putting on another good show on home soil.
Martin Kaymer of Germany Martin Kaymer of Germany
“I’m in a good form and I’ve been playing well for some time now. I’m happy with my result. I have to stick to my game plan because the rough is very long and the wind is very strong.
“Last week was the first time I played with a Major winner so if I can play with another star player this week it will be another good experience,” said Thanyakon.
Australia’s Scott Hend, who finished tied-sixth at the Thailand Golf Championship in 2012, survived the testing conditions for a 70 to put himself in a commanding position.
“It was a tough day because the conditions are very tough. I just grind it out for a good score and I’m in a good position.
“The rough is pretty brutal if you miss the fairways. The wind is obviously blowing quite hard. The greens are pretty firm and in good shape. If you get yourself out of position, you can’t really get any spin on the ball,” said the Australian, who has emerged victorious on six occasions on the Asian Tour.
Playing in his first Thailand Golf Championship, Germany’s Kaymer conceded it will be a tough test ahead in the coming days after he opened with a 71.
“To be honest when I played the first nine holes, I didn’t see a 22-under-par (referring to previous winning results). It was a tough day in the office.
“It took me a while to get used to the greens and as the round progresses, the greens will get a little bit more firmer which will make it tougher,” said the world number 13.
Garcia started his title defence with a 71 but was taken aback by the windy conditions.
“There was a lot of wind here and the course is firm. Every year we had rain just before the tournament and it kept the greens much softer. It was difficult to get on the greens.
At the start of the day my plan was to hit as many good shots as possible with minimal mistakes. It is quite simple really. Like I said, with this windy condition the course is playing a lot tougher,” said Garcia.
Ends.