Forty-nine-year-old Thammanoon Sriroj of Thailand turned the clock back with a stunning 9-under 62 at the Par-71 KGA golf course to grab a handy four-shot lead on the first day at the TAKE Solutions Masters in Bengaluru on Thursday.
The four-shot lead is the largest any player has held at the end of the first round at any event this year on Asian Tour.
Thammanoon had a blazing start with five straight birdies after teeing off from the tenth and then a sixth one on Par-5 18th, which was his ninth hole. He turned in six-under and then added three more birdies on first, third and sixth to get to a whopping 9-under and the record for the lowest round in an Asian Tour event at the KGA was under threat. He finally made a mistake on seventh with a bogey on seventh, but soon got that back with a birdie on eighth.
“My tee shots were good today but my putting was even better. I made a lot of long putts today,” said Thammanoon, who is using a new set of clubs, except for the putter and the sand wedge.
Young Indian, Feroz Singh Garewal shot 5-under 66 to share the second place with Thai duo Danthai Boonma and Suradit Yongcharoenchai, Zimbabwean Scott Vincent and Argentine Miguel Carballo.
Local lad and last year’s runner-up Khalin Joshi, who as an amateur shot a 10-under card when the course was played as Par-72 in 2012, was among the bunch of seven in Tied-7th at 4-under 67.
Asian Games-bound amateur Aadil Bedi carded 3-under 68 to be Tied-14th and Harimohan Singh, also going to the Asian Games later this month, shot 2-under 69 to be Tied-24th. The third Asiad-bound amateur, Rayhan Thomas had a disappointing day with 3-over 74.
Other good scores from prominent names included six-time Asian Tour winner, SSP Chawrasia, who bounced back from 2-over to 2-under with four birdies on his back nine, M Dharma (3-under 68), S Chikkarangappa (2-under 69), Jyoti Randhawa (1under 70) but Jeev Milkha Singh returned 1-over 72.