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PUTTING WOES PUT THONGCHAI ON BACK FOOT AT BRITISH OPEN
St Andrews: Thai star Thongchai Jaidee couldn’t buy a putt in his opening round at the British Open as he slumped to a disappointing three-over-par 75 on Thursday.
The reigning Asian Tour number one endured a frustrating day on the greens at the Old Course, taking a total of 35 putts and three-putting on three occasions to leave himself with a tall order of making the halfway cut.
The 40-year-old put a new putter in the bag this morning but it all went awry as early as the second hole when he missed a four-foot par save. He dropped three more bogeys against a lone birdie and missed opportunities from inside 10 feet over the closing two holes.
“It was all down to my putting. I didn’t have a good feeling. I had three three-putts and made just one birdie. I hit two bad shots into the pot bunkers and you’ve got no chance from there. I played okay, drove it okay but just couldn’t putt,” lamented Thongchai.
“I hit 14 greens in regulation and didn’t hole good chances over the last two holes which would have saved my round. I’m going to revert to my old putter tomorrow and hope that it will make a difference,” said Thongchai.
The holder of three Order of Merit crowns and 12 titles in Asia realises he needs a special round if he is to see action in the weekend.
The Thai hopes that benign conditions will prevail over the Home of Golf, which is hosting the 150th Open. “The course was there for a good score as the weather was nice. I just played badly and I’m disappointed,” said Thongchai.
“If you don’t make putts, then you can’t make a score. I’ll try again tomorrow. Maybe I’ll need a three or four under round. I’m looking forward to tomorrow. Although this is my ninth week out, I’m still feeling okay. I just need to figure out my putting,” he added.