Thailand’s star player Thongchai Jaidee ensured an Asian presence among the early leaders when he posted a one-under-par 71 after the opening round of the US$8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions.

The Black Mountain sponsored player is one of the highest ranked Asian players at the Chinese showpiece this week and he talks about why he is hopeful of another good showing in the Shanghai.

“Considering how tough the course conditions were out there today, I’m pleased with how I’ve played. An under-par score is something I can be happy about.

You wouldn’t want to miss the fairways here as it’ll be very difficult from the rough and the pin positions can be very challenging too.

Tomorrow’s another day and hopefully it can get even better. My putting is okay but I’ve got to work on my driver as this is a fairly long course and it’s a big test with the distance.”