Thongchai shares lead with Kim
SUZHOU, China -- Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand and Kim Do-hoon of South Korea each shot an 8-under 64 Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the China Open.
China Open Leaderboard
T-1. Jaidee (-8)
T-1. Kim (-8)
T-3. Donaldson (-6)
T-3. Larrazabal (-6)
T-3. Liang (-6)
Thongchai overcame an elbow injury that forced him to withdraw from the Masters to shoot a bogey-free round.
He said he believed he "played very solid after a week off."
The 21-year-old Kim recorded eight birdies and an eagle to go with two bogeys, as he and Thongchai opened up a two-shot lead. A trio that included Jamie Donaldson of Wales were tied for third.
Thongchai played in the same group as both Ryder Cup captains, Corey Pavin and Colin Montgomerie. Pavin shot a bogey-free 67, and Montgomerie finished at even-par 72 after an inconsistent round that included six birdies and two double bogeys.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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