Thai star Thongchai Jaidee started his Volvo China Open campaign with all guns blazing yesterday - just six days after withdrawing from the Masters with an elbow injury. Thongchai shot a course-record eight-under 64 to share the first-round lead with young South Korean Kim Do-hoon after his participation in Suzhou had been in doubt. The 40-year-old former army paratrooper withdrew from the 74th Masters last Friday with a sore elbow after completing 10 holes of his second round. 'My arm feels better,' he said. 'I had an injection on Saturday, three days' rest and was even considering withdrawing this week, but it felt better and it's now about 70 per cent. Everything was perfect today - my driving, my irons, my putting. 'I haven't hit eight under for a long time. It was perfect, especially as I only practised for two holes on Wednesday and quit because of the rain. My caddie walked the rest of the course and gave me some great advice today,' said Thongchai, a three-time winner of the Asian Tour Order of Merit. Liang Wenchong of China, Spain's Pablo Larrazabal and Jamie Donaldson of Wales shared third after carding six-under-par 66s at the Gary Player designed Suzhou Jinji Lake International Golf Club. Hong Soon-sang of South Korea shot a 67 to tie for sixth with 2008 champion Damien McGrane, fellow Irishman Peter Lawrie and American Corey Pavin, who played with fellow Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie (72) and Thongchai. Yang Yong-eun, Asia's first major winner, and Sweden's Henrik Stenson shot 68 to lie in a share of 10th. Like Thongchai, Kim eagled the 14th as he carded a 64 for the third straight week. The 21-year-old Pusan resident closed with an eight-under round to finish joint third at OneAsia's season-opening Luxehills Chengdu Open before firing another 64 in his first Korean Tour victory at last week's Tomato Savings Bank Open. 'I played really well and am in good form. I eagled the 14th with a 240-yard utility club approach, then holed a long putt from 45 feet,' said Kim, who only turned 21 last Sunday. 'I'm not expecting to shoot a 64 again, but we'll see.' Liang is aiming to secure a third successive OneAsia title in China after winning at Luxehills earlier this month and the Midea China Classic last October. 'I had a great start as I started with three straight birdies, so that put me in a confident mood. It was still cold today, so I was pleased to score as well as I did,' said the 31-year-old, who has long held the dream of winning his national Open. 'I've prepared well for this tournament, so I knew what to expect in terms of the weather.' Chinese amateur Hu Mu, 20, and 18-year-old South Korean Noh Seung-yul, winner of last month's Malaysian Open, were among a group of players to shoot 69.