Black Mountain sponsored player Alex Cejka of Germany will head into the weekend rounds of the CIMB Classic in tied-21st place, eight shots back of American leader Justin Thomas.

Cejka opened his Malaysian campaign brilliantly with an six-under-par 66 to take a share of third place after the first round.

However, the German veteran could only put together a round of 71, slipping back with his two-day total of seven-under-par 137 at the US$7 million event that is sanctioned by the PGA TOUR and Asian Tour.

Here is what the German said after his opening round.

“I think that I kept the ball in the fairway. Obviously, with preferred lies, you want to hit it on the fairway. You can wipe the mud off and then you have a nice shot into the green.

I took advantage on almost every par-5 and just putted well, made a couple 15, 20 footers, that’s always nice on these greens. It’s a little bit different than what we are normally used to in America, and you know, it was nice to see them go in. You know, I played well last week already, I had a good start, I’m playing right now the same.

In golf you never know. Every day can be a little bit different. I hope I’m going to hit a lot of fairways tomorrow, a lot of greens, and give me good chances for birdies and hopefully I make some putts.

But I got to be patient. I mean, it’s three rounds to go and it’s, that’s a long way. Luckily, no cut, so yeah, you play a little bit, a little bit more aggressive than normally, especially the first two days, but it’s all good right now.”