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Seeking his first victory since winning the 2011 Masters, Charl Schwartzel shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Thailand Golf Championship.
The South African made seven birdies in a bogey-free round at the Amata Spring Country Club, four coming in the opening seven holes, to hold a one-shot advantage over Thitiphun Chuayprakong.
''I'm very happy with the way my game has started getting back,'' Schwartzel said. ''Last month and a half, I've been able to start working on my swing again and getting my swing back to what it was a year or so ago.
''My consistency is coming back, and that to me is key.''
Third-ranked Bubba Watson (68) had an eagle and six birdies to sit three shots off the lead, while defending champion Lee Westwood (70) was in 21st place.
''It was a solid round but I made a few mistakes,'' said Watson, this year's Masters winner. ''Hit a cart patc...
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Charl Schwartzel increased his lead to four strokes at the Thailand Golf Championship with another 7-under 65 in the second round Friday.
Schwartzel, the 2001 Masters champion, finished at 14-under 130.
Play at the Amata Spring Country Club was delayed due to bad light, but not before Daniel Chopra moved into second place with his second straight 67, one stroke ahead of Masanori...
Seeking a first victory since winning the Masters in 2011, Charl Schwartzel shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Thailand Golf Championship.
The South African made seven birdies in a bogey-free round at Amata Spring Country Club, four coming in the opening seven holes, to hold a narrow advantage over Thitiphun Chuayprakong (66).
Thailand Golf Championship Scores Scores Thursday from the Thailand Golf Championship, played at the par-72 Amata Spring Country Club:
First Round Charl Schwartzel, South Africa 32-33-65
Thitiphun Chuayprakong, Thailand 33-33-66
Daniel Chopra, Sweden 33-34-67
Javi Colomo, Spain 33-34-67
Mo Joong-kyung, South Korea 33-35-68
Masanori Kobayashi, Japan 35-33-68
Bubba Watson, United...
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