Phuket, Thailand, 13-05-2022

Udayan Mane takes first round lead with a 63 at Blue Canyon Classic on the Asian Development Tour

Udayan Mane, who capped an encouraging tied seventh finish at the Laguna Phuket Cup on Tuesday with a closing 63, produced more fireworks on Friday to earn the first round lead at the $75,000 Blue Canyon Classic on the Asian Development Tour.

The world No. 570 scorched around the Lakes layout at Blue Canyon Country Club in a mere 63 strokes, eight under, to edge Thailand’s Chanat Sakulpolphaisan and China’s Chen Guxin for the overnight lead by a shot.

Kartik Sharma and M Dharma were both in tied eighth with scores of five-under 66.

Mane’s eight-under score included six birdies and an eagle on the 11th when he drove it to just shy of the green on the par-4 and chipped in. Afterwards, the Indian rewound the clock to the PGTI's year-end TATA Steel Tour Championship 2021 with the beauty of hindsight.

"It was the biggest win of my career and it did give me confidence but I started to take things for granted and I paid the price," Mane said.

"I just expected to show up and be in contention, not consciously but the attitude was such. I did struggle, anyone would. Got a wake-up call and started to work at it again.

"Anyway, this is me trying to get to the top again. On the Asian Tour, I have OOM winner status on the PGTI. So above country exemptions. On the ADT, same status. The goal this year is to play everything I get into and perform. Simple.”

Source and Picture: Asian Tour

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