"Up, up and away for Uihlein #ThailandClassic"

Thu 10 Mar 2016

"Up, up and away for Uihlein #ThailandClassic"

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Hua Hin, Thailand, March 10: In-form American Peter Uihlein produced a scintillating eight-under-par 64 to hold the first round clubhouse lead at the True Thailand Classic presented by Chang on Thursday.
The 26-year-old, who enjoyed a tied eighth and equal fourth finish in his last two starts in Malaysia and Australia, raced into an early two-shot lead at Black Mountain Golf Club following nine birdies on the card.
Hsieh Chi-hsien of Chinese Taipei Hsieh Chi-hsien of Chinese Taipei
Scotland's Scott Jamieson and Spaniard Javier Colomo carded matching 66s to lead the chasing pack in the US$1.75 million event co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Asia’s leading performer was upcoming Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Chi-hsien, who shot a fine 67 while Thailand’s Prom Meesawat and Filipino Angelo Que were amongst those bunched on 68s along with Australian Scott Hend and India’s Himmat Rai. Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand settled for a 69.
Uihlein, a former world amateur number one, was delighted to find himself atop the leaderboard at the True Thailand Classic, the richest event in the Kingdom.
“I’m pleased, I putted well and putter is still hot which is nice. Hit some good wedges and some good iron shots. It was good,” said the American.
After opening with two birdies from the 10th tee, Uihlein dropped a lone bogey on the 12th hole, which subsequently sparked his birdie run.
“That’s funny. I birdied the first two holes and then duck-hooked into the water on the next. Sam, my caddie said “man, you look so depressed.” I don’t know why I was bung this morning. I guess with the way I’ve been hitting it, I was just annoyed and frustrated. After that, I just kind of free-wheeled it.
Javi Colomo of Spain Javi Colomo of Spain
“This is more my kind of course, it’s longer and wider. This one sets up for longer hitters which is more my style as opposed to what I’ve heard about next week (Delhi Golf Club). It’s always nice to get off to a good start,” said Uihlein, who enjoyed a week’s break on the Thai holiday isle of Phuket before showing up in Hua Hin.
After graduating from the Asian Development Tour where he finished second on the Order of Merit last season, Hsieh, 25, is enjoying rubbing shoulders with the stars of the game. He reeled in seven birdies to stay on Uihlein’s coattail.
“It was pretty nice. It was nice weather and I was feeling good. I putted really well and every shot was on the fairway. Today was really perfect. I focussed on every shot, I was calm,” said Hsieh, who only missed two fairways.
“I think the ADT is very important as I couldn’t play on the main Tour. It gave me the chance to play in tournaments and I tried to learn and be comfortable in tournament play. It is a good place to be.”
Home town hero Prom hopes to keep his foot on the pedal after producing a solid 68 at Black Mountain, which is one of his sponsors. He is counting on his local knowledge to propel him to a third Asian Tour victory.
“I’m hitting it good. But I tell you what … the pins are really difficult on the back nine which is my front nine. I’ve played the course many times and when the pins are tough, you need to know where to put your ball which can be an advantage,” said the burly Thai.
“I’ve had two good starts now in Malaysia, five under and a four under today. I’ll try to stay in contention and play good the whole week.”
Australian Jason Scrivener recorded the True Thailand Classic’s first hole in one of the week when an eight iron tee shot on the newly designed par three 11th hole found the bottom of the cup.
"It was just a perfect number, 154 yards, and I hit a nice eight iron in there which was probably the first good shot of the day so for it to go in was nice," he said.
"We can all hit great shots to a foot or a few inches but you need the little bit of extra luck for the ball to actually go in the hole. The champagne will go down very nicely,” added the Aussie.
Jason Scrivener of Australia celebrates a hole in one Jason Scrivener of Australia celebrates a hole in one
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