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 patch and bounced into the woods and had to take an unplayable (lie), and had a ...