Date: December 12, 2013
Author: Tom Fee / Golf WA

Watt requires fightback in Thailand

Brady Watt opened his professional golfing career with a 4-over round of 76 at the Thailand Open Championship at Amata Spring Country Club today. The former World Number 1 Amateur started well on the back-nine to be even par through eight holes, but a double-bogey on the eighteenth and a 2-over front nine left him tied for 112th place by the afternoon. Watt highlighted struggles with the putter after his opening round. I wasn t able to get anything going on the greens but holed a nice putt on the last, a bit of justice. But I came out and gave it my best. Playing in his first professional tournament, Watt will have to make up some ground to make the cut and earn his first paycheck as a golfer with the cut expected to be the top 65 golfers plus ties. If I hole some putts tomorrow, I ll be fine. I burned a lot of edges out there today. I had one birdie today and I hit it to a foot so you ve got to make more birdies than that. 2013 US Open Champion Justin Rose currently leads the tournament with an opening round 65, with many of the afternoon players, including Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson, still on the course.