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CHOO LEAVES BEHIND DRIVER, LIES SECOND

Without a driver in the bag, Singapore's Choo Tze Huang played solid golf at the Panasonic Open Indian Open in New Delhi yesterday.

Choo (photo) shot a four-under 68 to lie joint-second in the Asian Tour event at the Delhi Golf Club, reported asiantour.com.

Said Choo: "This is my best score at the Delhi Golf Club. I'm definitely more prepared this year compared to my first two years.

"My game is getting better and I felt more confident. I wasn't too nervous on certain tee shots.

"You have to swing it well and make putts. I kept a simple mindset of keeping the ball in play.

"I told myself it is okay to hit a five- or seven-iron off the tees. The goal was to get the ball in play and give myself a chance.

"I holed a lot of putts but lost focus on the last few holes. Maybe I got a bit nervous.

"My driver is in the house, it is not even close to the golf club! I have a three-wood, hybrid and driving iron."

Choo, who made 25 putts, bagged six birdies and his card was soiled by two late bogeys.

He added yesterday: "The bogey (hole seven) I made was from a straight uphill putt.

"I was putting well, so I was overconfident and I hit the putt way too hard. I three-putted there.

"On the last hole I hit my second shot over 
the green and three-putted from outside of the green.

"It is a bit disappointing but I'm looking forward to another good round tomorrow."