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Japan’s Kuboya takes early lead at Cambodian Open

SIEM REAP (Cambodia): Japan’s Kenichi Kuboya opened his campaign strongly by posting a flawless seven-under-par 65 to take the first round lead at the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open on Thursday.

Thailand’s Atiwit Janewattananond, who made history by becoming the
youngest player at 14 years and 71 days to make the cut at the Asian
Tour season-opener in February, carded a 66 for second place.

Bangladesh’s Siddikur, who goes by one name, and defending champion
Marcus Both of Australia scored matching 67s to share third place at
the $300,000 event.

Kuboya, who teed off in the front-nine in
the morning, posted his first birdie on the par-four fourth before
adding successive birdies on the eighth and ninth holes to reach the
halfway mark in 33.

He birdied holes 10, 12, 16 and 17 after the turn, giving the Japanese a one-shot cushion going into the second round.

“I like this golf course as it really suits my game. Although the winds
were picking up mid-way through my round, I still putted really well
and I believed that gave me the confidence to do so well today,” said

Meanwhile Atiwit, who turned professional at the
King’s Cup just a fortnight ago, got off to an encouraging start but
said he was planning to adopt a defensive approach for his second round
at the Phokeethra Country Club.

“I feel that I’m not hitting
the ball long enough. As such, I don’t plan to go on the offensive and
attack the pins as some of these shots may cost me dearly,” said the
young Thai, who posted seven birdies.

“I hope to continue
what I’ve done today and hopefully it’ll be another good round
tomorrow,” added Atiwit, whose only blemish to his card was a bogey on
the par-four 10th.

Siddikur continued to make good on his promise to spearhead the rise of golf in Bangladesh with another inspired performance.

Starting on the back-nine, Siddikur posted three birdies on holes 12,
13 and 17 to reach the turn in 33. He continued his birdie blitz on the
par-five second and fourth hole to return home comfortably in 67.

“Playing conditions were perfect today and I couldn’t have asked for a better start,” said Siddikur.

Another strong favourite, Both put up a stout defence of his title,
enjoying a blemish-free round, marking his card with birdies on the
fourth, eighth, ninth, 10th and 12th holes.

“You tend to feel a little bit of pressure especially when you’re the defending champion,” said the 31-year-old Australian.

“But once I got the first tee shot somewhere in the middle of the
fairway, I got more relaxed and did not feel that anxious any more.”


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