Peter Uihlein was the standout performer on the opening day of the True Thailand Classic on Thursday after shooting a superb eight-under-par 64 to secure the overnight lead. Uihlein’s round included nine birdies and only a solitary bogey as he ended the day one clear of Pelle Edberg.
Uihlein has been in fine form since his return from a wrist injury which sidelined him for three weeks earlier in the year. The American posted top ten finishes in Perth and Kuala Lumpur and he continued his relatively hot streak at the Black Mountain Golf Club on Thursday. Uihlein birdied the first two holes and picked up a few more strokes on the front nine to turn in just 32.
The 26-year-old began the back nine in style with two more birdies and he sunk impressive putts at the 15th and 16th holes to get to eight-under. Uihlein then parred both the final two holes to claim the clubhouse lead, which was only threatened late in the afternoon by Edberg. The Swede took the lead after a sensational run of eight birdies in quick succession but two late bogeys left him one shot behind.
“Last week I had a nice vacation, didn’t touch a club which was nice,” Uihlein said “I just rocked up here. You come up here with a clean slate and a fresh start. I hit it so bad on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, so I was kind of bummed. So it’s nice to do this today. Once the tournament got going, I just relaxed. I’m pleased I putted well and the putter is still hot which is nice. I hit some good wedges, some good iron shots. It was good.”
Scott Jamieson is two shots behind Uihlein following a flawless 66 in Hua-Hin, along with Spain’s Javier Colomo. Gary Boyd, Rhys Davies, Robert Dinwiddie, Chi-Hsien-Hsieh, Pariya Junhasavasdikul, David Lipsky, Prayad Marksaeng, Shaun Norris and Simon Yates are among a huge group on five-under-par.