The trio were seven strokes off the clubhouse leader Lee Westwood who finished with a sizzling round earlier in the day. The former world No.1 took advantage of the good conditions earlier in the day to return a solid card.
Ben was happy with his performance today and can’t wait for the next round to get underway.
“I’m happy because I haven’t been in this sort of professional environment for quite a while. I’m pleased and happy and I’m looking forward to tomorrow. My last Asian Tour event was in the Queen’s Cup in Thailand in 2012. I started playing on the local circuits and some Asian Development Tour events since December 2013.”
He admitted to being nervous and was delighted to getting a hold of the situation. “To be honest I was feeling nervous. It was tough and it wasn’t easy. I was proud of myself because I handled it well. I guess I need a few more rounds like this to feel comfortable again. I’m excited for tomorrow. I won’t say that I’m 100% but I’m good enough to be out here playing. I definitely need more events to sharpen my game,” Ben commented.
Kheng Hwai meanwhile struck an eagle on the fifth hole but missed several putts which could have landed him a better scorecard.
“It was a great start. I had a lucky bounce on the fifth hole to make eagle. I still tried to make birdies after that but I was unlucky with some putts. It felt good to be playing well because I haven’t been playing good in the last few weeks.”
“I was riding some confidence after shooting three-under early in the round so hopefully I can stick to the same game plan tomorrow.”
The players who did not complete their round today will begin tomorrow morning.