Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, and Christiaan Bezuidenhout of South Africa share the BMW PGA Championship lead after the first round at Wentworth Golf Club in England.
Christiaan, bogey free today and Kiradech both carded opening rounds of -8 under par 64 to lead the BMW PGA Championship by one stroke.
Kiradech has missed lots of golf, some due to Covid restrictions, and some personal injury;
“I’ve had a really hard time the last two years, playing with the injury, hurting my right knee after The Masters and then when Covid hit I had to go back to my country and was stuck in the country for eight months.”
” I couldn’t play much golf.”
“I just want to come up here and enjoy every single minute that I spend on the European Tour, every time I come back it just feels like home.”
“I feel comfortable over here, I see some friends, see my coaches. It’s a lovely golf course. I enjoy it every time I come back to Wentworth.”
Christiaan had a good day with the putter;
“Everything with my game feels better than a year ago, but I’m not getting the scores or the results and stuff.”
“I just keep on doing the right things, keep on doing the same things that have obviously been working over the last year.”
“I drove the ball lovely today, so I just kept it in play. Gave myself a chance, and the putter was good.”
Major champion Adam Scott of Australia is in third position following his first round -7 under 65;
“A lot of really good, solid stuff. Generally it was fairways and greens. There wasn’t too much squirrely stuff, although a couple of wedges coming in could have been better.”
“Then on 15, I got out of jail and made an incredible three. Nice to get the break and take advantage of it. I definitely thought the first ball was out of bounds but it must have clouded around in the trees and dropped down.”
Another Major champion, Justin Rose is tied in fourth spot with Laurie Cantor and Masahiro Kawamura of Japan, all with -5 under 67.
Justin refers to Wentworth as his home course, and had his agent on the bag;
“He was brilliant. He turned up this morning, he kept up on the golf course and he shut up.”
“It was great, he did everything perfectly today. I could have had many different choices and options for caddies but I think someone you just know really well makes it more comfortable out there for sure.”