Asian Tour

Around the greens

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 December, 2011, 12:00am


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Thongchai Jaidee said his country's national championship this month should be used as a rallying point to lift the spirits of the people in his flood-hit country and called for everyone - from players to the public - to help chip in generously. 'We have a lot of star players coming and it will help. They will be involved in charity events and I know they hope to raise 500,000 baht through ticket sales which will also go to charity,' said Thongchai, who carded a two-over 72 yesterday. 'I'm going back home for the first time after nearly three months, but I have already donated 300,000 baht and given a lot of my shirts, shoes and clubs for a charity auction. The tournament will be good to raise the spirits of the people,' he said. Compatriot Thaworn Wiratchant had criticised the government for spending nearly US$5 million on paying appearance fees for superstar players,, saying that money should have been used on flood victims. Asian Tour executive chairman Kyi Hla Han said: 'By agreeing to go ahead with the tournament, and yes with some players being paid appearance money, the Asian Tour is throwing our support behind the country. We're trying to be more positive than negative and I don't know where Thaworn is coming from.' Alvin Sallay


Justin Rose won't forget his first Hong Kong Open experience any time soon, much as he might like to. 'It'll live in my memory, but for the wrong reasons,' Rose (above) said after a four-over 74. 'Conditions were much harder than I was expecting. I got on the wrong side of a lot of pins. I hit poor shots today. Every time I was in between clubs I made the wrong decision. Hopefully [today] I can get back into the red, I really feel like I can go low here.' James Porteous


Yang Yong-eun couldn't believe the weather at Fanling but ensured he's not out in the cold with a two-under 68 that leaves him nicely poised. 'This is the first time I've experienced weather like this in Hong Kong,' he said of the biting wind. 'I prefer the warmer, sunnier weather and tend to play better, but I think it's going to affect a lot of players [today] because it's anticipated to be even colder. I need to putt better, but keeping warm will also be key.' James Porteous