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Carlos Pigem, forced to rally this Friday to overcome the first cut of the year

Puig is three strokes away from the Open with a super putt

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Jazz Janewattananond es uno de los dos primeros líderes del IRS Prima Malaysian Open.
Jazz Janewattananond es uno de los dos primeros líderes del IRS Prima Malaysian Open.

Impressive start for David Puig (-5) at the IRS Prima Malaysian Open, the inaugural tournament of the Asian Tour season taking place at the The Mines Resort & Golf Club and with the particularity of distributing places for the upcoming Open Championship at Royal Troon.

The young golfer from La Garriga has delivered a very good result of 66 strokes and has placed himself in the thirteenth position, fully involved from the start in the fight for everything, four strokes from the lead shared by Indian Veer Ahlawat and Jazz Janewattananond, both with -9. In addition, he is three from one of those places for the Open Championship. Remember that three are offered to the best classified, who are not already exempt and who have passed the cut. That is, you have to be in the top 3. Right now, that line is marked by Canadian Richard T. Lee (-8).

Be that as it may, Puig has the victory and the ticket to Scotland within reach in the remaining 54 holes. His first round has been based on two crucial areas of the game: the tee-off and the putter. He has been sublime in both aspects. With 11 of the 14 streets taken, the Spanish golfer has managed to be almost always in play, something fundamental in the Malaysian course.

Then, the architect of finishing the job has been the putter. He has been excellent on the greens. He has only needed 24 putts and has completed no less than twelve of the eighteen greens with one putt. Exceptional. In this way, David has managed to deliver a card free of bogeys and well adorned with five birdies. Remember that Puig already won a tournament on the Asian Tour last year, the International Series in Singapore.

The downside of the day was for Carlos Pigem (+2), the other Spaniard present in Malaysia. The Ilerdense, winner on this circuit and who has not played on the Asian Tour since April 2019, will have to do very well this Friday to pass the cut. He has been four strokes from that goal and it should be noted that tomorrow, unless the weather changes a lot and gets very ugly, the sieve can go at least three under par.

Pigem has not made too many mistakes, but they have cost him dearly. He has signed three double bogeys against which he has stood up with four good birdies. It is a round that has been much closer to being good than it seems from the result. There is room to think about a comeback. For this, however, he will have to improve the performance of his short game and, above all, the putt, which today have taken their toll.

Beyond the Spaniards, we must highlight the start of Sam Horsfield (-5), the other player from LIV Golf who is also in Malaysia looking for a place for the Open. In addition, at the top we have outstanding players like Gavin Green (-7) or John Catlin (-6).

Live results of the IRS Prima Malaysian Open