02 March 2018
Todd Ties Nisbet And Kodai For Lead At Isps Handa New Zealand Open
Queenstown, New Zealand, March 1: Asian Tour member Jarin Todd of the United States enjoyed an encouraging start by firing a nine-under-par 62 at the Millbrook Resort to share the first round honours with Japan’s Tatsuya Kodai and Australia’s Daniel Nisbet at the ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open on Thursday.
Todd’s 62 was the lowest score he has posted since turning professional 2010 and it gave him a one-shot lead over the Australian trio of Travis Smyth, Andrew Dodt and Andrew Martin.
Dodt and Martin had earlier grabbed the clubhouse lead when they signed for matching 64s at the par-72 Hills course in the morning.
Thailand’s Poom Saksansin and Pavit Tangkamolprasert as well as recent Asian Tour winner Paul Peterson of the United States are among a host of players bunched in a share of 11th place, three shots off the lead.
Todd, who is playing in New Zealand for the first time in his career this week, was quick to adapt to the playing conditions. Although he admitted he did not drive the ball well, the 31-year-old took advantage of his accurate short game to put himself in a commanding position.
Nisbet will meanwhile continue to adopt an aggressive approach as he seeks to return to the winner’s circle for the first time since his last professional win in Hong Kong in 2016.