Tour heavyweights start well in Japan

Thu 25 Sep 2014

Tour heavyweights start well in Japan

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Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, September 25: Asian Tour heavyweights opened their accounts well by featuring prominently atop the leaderboard at the first round of the 150 million Yen (approximately US$1.5 million) Asia-Pacific Open Golf Championship Diamond Cup on Thursday.
Current Order of Merit leader David Lipsky of the United States, Australian Scott Hend and India’s Arjun Atwal carded matching two-under-par 69s to trail clubhouse leaders S.K. Ho of Korea and Japan’s Hiroyuki Fujita by one after the morning session at the Ohtone Country Club.
Fresh off his historic victory in Switzerland where he became the first Asian Tour player to win a co-sanctioned event on European soil, Lipsky put up a battling performance to stay within sights of the leaders despite the wet and windy conditions in the morning.
“I don’t feel like I played great today but I got around by getting an under-par score which is good,” said Lipsky.
The American, whose mother is Korean, admitted that it was not one of his best performances after mixing his card with four birdies against two bogeys.
However, he still fancies his chances at the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.
“I hit the ball pretty poorly and I didn’t putt particularly well from long range but I holed lots of good putts and got the easy ones up and down.
My game still feels pretty solid. Everything feels like it’s moving in the right direction,” said Lipsky.
Atwal, who is playing on a sponsor’s invitation this week, repaid the faith of the event sponsors by putting up a performance befitting of his reputation as one of India’s most successful golfers.
“I love it here and I really want to thank the JGA (Japan Golf Association) for giving me an invite to this tournament and I really appreciate it,” said Atwal.
“It was really unexpected as I didn’t really play that well in Malaysia last week. But today was really solid as I hit lots of fairways and greens. It wasn’t easy as it was raining and it was windy at times but overall it was still a good solid round,” added Atwal.
The 41-year-old has enjoyed seven career victories on the Asian Tour and is also a one-time Order of Merit champion.
Although he is based in the United States now, Atwal, who became the first Indian to win on the PGA Tour at the Wyndham Championship in 2010, is always drawn to reuniting with his peers on the Asian Tour.
“I always like coming back to the Asian Tour and like I have always said, it’s the friendliest Tour in the world and I love it,” said Atwal.
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About the Asian Tour
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