Peter Uihlein Leads ISPS HANDA Perth International
American Peter Uihlein shot at superb round of 65 to take the lead on the opening day of the European Tour ISPS HANDA Perth International. Uihlein’s seven-under-par score included of glut of birdies on the front nine as he opened up a one shot advantage over France’s Romain Wattel and India’s Shiv Kapur.
Uihlein finished in the top eight at the MayBank Malaysia last weekend but suffered a slow start on Thursday after carding a bogey on the first hole. He quickly made amends with back-to-back birdies from the third hole and went on to gain another shot on the seventh before holing out with his approach at the ninth for an eagle.
“It was a pretty good number. I had a nice lie and hit a good shot”, Uihlein said while describing his short iron approach which bounced just once before landing in the hole. “It was a pretty cool moment.” He added, “I was mentally sound I think. If I hit a bad shot, I didn’t let it bother me I just let it roll off my back and was ready for the next one.”
Uihlein claimed the outright lead for the first time after sinking a testing birdie putt on the 17th and he closed out with a tap-in par for his equal lowest round of 2016. Shiv Kapur also enjoyed a fruitful day after receiving an invitation into the event. He registered three birdies in four holes from the 12th on the way to a fine six-under-par 66.
Meanwhile, home favourites Rhein Gibson (-5), Todd Sinnott (-4) and Nick Cullen (-4) all prospered on the opening day at the picturesque Lake Karrinyup Country Club. In contrast, Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, who finished ninth in the British Open golf tournament in 2014, struggled on his way to a five-over-par 77.