Thongchai battles to opening 72 #TheOpen

Fri 17 Jul 2015

Thongchai battles to opening 72 #TheOpen

  • SHARE
St Andrews, Scotland, July 16: Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee had a late birdie to thank for keeping him at even-par 72 after enduring a torrid time in his back-nine at The Open on Thursday.
The three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner enjoyed a flawless front-nine 34, highlighted by birdies on five and six at St Andrews, the Home of Golf.
However, it was a different tale in his homeward run as the 45-year-old struggled amidst the blustery conditions to see his front-nine efforts wiped out by bogeys on holes 11, 12 and 14.
Thongchai’s saving grace would however come at the par-four 18 where his birdie prevented him from slipping further down the leaderboard.
“It was really tough in the back-nine as we were playing into the winds. I struggled and was really happy I managed to birdie 18 to keep my score respectable,” said Thongchai, who took a share of 64th place, seven shots back of first round leader Dustin Johnson of the United States.
“Weather’s going to play an important role tomorrow and hopefully I can have some luck too,” added the 13-time Asian Tour winner.
Compatriot Kiradech Aphibarnrat will also be hoping for similar fortunes after he returned with a 73.
The 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion awoke to a ‘different’ course, trading four birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey to take a share of 87th place.
“It was a completely different course from the one I played during my practice rounds. The winds really picked up today and the greens were very fast. I had difficulty controlling my ball speed and I hit into the bunkers on a couple of occasions,” said Kiradech.
The 25-year-old, however believes that all is not lost as he aims to make up with an improved showing when he heads back to the tee.
“I got to start off strongly with a couple of birdies tomorrow and once I can do that, I’ll be in for a chance,” said Kiradech.
Ends.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.comwww.facebook.com/asiantourgolf , www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf,    www.youtube.com/theasiantour  and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf