by Ronan MacNamara
Robin Dawson by Golffile
Robin Dawson and Kevin Phelan are languishing outside the top-100 after day one of the Singapore International at Tanah Merah Country Club on the Asian Tour.
Both players are in a share of 102nd after carding opening rounds of eight-over 80, thirteen shots adrift of India’s Khalin Joshi who will hold a two-shot overnight lead on five-under after an opening 67.
“It was obviously a very challenging golf course to start off with; it’s long, it’s windy and the flags were all tough, so it wasn’t very easy, greens are firm,” said Khalin Joshi, who has won once before on the Asian Tour, the 2018 Panasonic Open India.
“So, I’m just very pleased with the way I’m playing and with the way my round went today. Hopefully we can continue with the way I’m playing and see what happens at the end of the week.”
Other notable names include Paul Peterson of America on three-under while Thai sensation Jazz Janewattananond is four back on one-under after an opening 69.
“It was pretty good. I was a bit rusty on the front nine and holed a couple of good putts but missed some really easy ones as well. All in all, it was a pretty good round on a tough Tampines course," said the reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner who finished with a brace of birdies.
“I think we only had one hole today without the wind. But I think we are playing the same condition as the afternoon – it’s pretty tough.”
Tramore native Dawson failed to take advantage of his sponsor’s invite to this event as he traded one birdie, seven bogeys and a double in an erratic opening effort.
Things started well for Dawson as he birdied the 2nd before a three-putt bogey on the third saw him drop back to level-par.
Three bogeys in four holes either side of the turn saw him tumble to three-over and three dropped shots in two holes (12 and 13) compounded the damage as he fell to five-over.
Further dropped shots on 16 and 17 saw him fail to shoot in the 70s on a day where he only hit five fairways.
Waterford native Phelan is playing after earning status on the Asian Tour in the 2019 Q-School and he is alongside his compatriot on eight-over.
The 31-year-old got off to a nightmare start falling to five-over through four holes after three bogeys and a double.
It took Phelan seven holes to hit his first green in regulation and he stopped the bleeding with a birdie on the par-5 8th to turn in four-over 40.
Phelan carded a back nine of 40 after a bogey on 12, a double on 15 and a closing bogey in what was a thoroughly disappointing day at the office.
Overall, it was a day of tough scoring with only eight players breaking par over the first 18 holes with Australia’s Wade Ormsby who leads the Asian Tour Order of Merit on level-par and Malaysia’s Gavin Green well back on four-over rounding off the list of notable names in Singapore.