Schwartzel leads in Thailand after 65 in 1st round



CHON BURI, Thailand (AP) — Former Masters champion 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 four birdies in the first seven holes and added three more in a bogey-free round at Amata Spring Country Club to hold a one-shot advantage over Thitiphun Chuayprakong.

Schwartzel, the champion at Augusta National in 2011, says “it’s nice to put yourself in position … I’m very happy with the way my game has started getting back.”

Daniel Chopra shot a 67 to share third place with Javi Colomo.

Third-ranked Bubba Watson shot 68, including an eagle and six birdies, and defending champion Lee Westwood shot 70.