Aug 09, 2018:Thai veteran Thammanoon Sriroj rolled back the years after signing for a spectacular nine-under-par 62 to lead by four shots following the opening round of the TAKE Solutions Masters on Thursday. India’s Feroz Singh Garewal lying at T2, trailing the lead by four shots.
Young Thai duo Danthai Boonma and Suradit Yongcharoenchai shared second place with Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent, Argentinean Miguel Carballo and local prospect Feroz Singh Garewal after they carded matching rounds of 66s at the Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) Golf Course.
Feroz fired six birdies and a lone bogey to score five-under-par 66. Other two Indian golfers Khalin Joshi and Om Prakash Chouhan are lying in top ten at T7 with one more shot behind Feroz at four-under-par 67.
India’s rising star Khalin Joshi was amongst those bunched in seventh place after he carded a 67 on his home course. Defending champion Poom Saksansin of Thailand battled to a 71 to tie in 64th position at the US$350,000 Asian Tour event.
“The course played really good. It is a beautiful golf course. The rough is a little high but it’s in perfect conditions. Wind wasn’t a factor in the morning but later on the day it was a little high up there, but it was fine. It was not swirling, it was just one way so that’s fine.
I play at the KGA every year. The familiarity with the course always helps. You get used to the conditions so you know where to miss and where not to miss. Even if you are in trouble, you know where to get out” said Feroz.
The 49-year-old Thammanoon, a five-time Asian Tour winner by not since 2004, got off to a solid start with five straight birdies from the 10th hole before adding another birdie on 18 to turn in 31.
He nailed three more birdies on the first, third and sixth holes but dropped his only bogey of the day on the seventh hole. The experienced Thai, however, bounced back swiftly with a birdie on the par-three eighth after hitting his tee shot to within a foot.