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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Hoey hits a course record

northern ireland's Michael Hoey (pictured) had a day to remember as he shot a course record 64 to claim the clubhouse lead during the first round of the True Thailand Classic presented by Black Mountain.

He fired in eight birdies at Black Mountain Golf Club to hold a two shot lead over India's Shiv Kapur. The five-time European Tour winner, who was part of Great Britain & Ireland's 2001 winning Walker Cup side, did not drop a shot all day as he moved into a commanding position.

"We had ten or 11 holes with not much wind, which was an advantage teeing off early," said Hoey. "I hit the ball well, and it suits me that there's a bit of length off the tee; you can carry a few corners and reach the par fives.

"No bogeys, no fives on the card, and a course record is a nice start. I'm swinging the club nicely so hopefully I'll put three more good rounds together and see what happens."

Kapur made five of his six birdies before the turn as a round of 66 left him one clear of English rookie Matt Ford, Australian Scott Hend, Swede Alex Noren and Thailand's Pariya Junhasavasdikul.

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