Garcia, Kaymer chasing lead at Thailand Golf Championship

First Round — Asian Tour — Thailand Golf Championship –Amata Spring Country Club– Bangkok, Thailand —

Four players are tied at the top of the leader board after 18 holes at the Thailand Golf Championship including Aussie Marcus Fraser.

Fraser scattered two drop shots around five birdies to post 3-under-69 round at Amata Spring Country Club. He hit 13 of 14 Fairways in Regulation and needed just 29 putts in the opening round.

Fraser entered the week as a 55-to-1 betting long shot, according to

Lee Westwood is T-5 after a 2-under-70 round, while headliners Sergio Garcia and U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer are T-8 at 1-under. Masters champion Bubba Watson, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 4, struggled to shoot 4-over-76. He is T-69 in the 125-player field.

Watson captured the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in early November. He played last week in Orlando, Florida at the Hero World Challenge. Look for him to bounce back in round two. He wasn’t the only high-profile player to stumble out of the gate in Thailand. France’s Victor Dubuisson shot 75.

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