Cejka cards 64 to take early lead in Thailand

Alex Cejka during the second round of the 2013 Hong Kong Open.

Alex Cejka during the second round of the 2013 Hong Kong Open.

The likes of Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose and Bubba Watson showed up this week to compete in the Asian Tour's Thailand Golf Championship.

But after the first round, it was Germany's Alex Cejka who was out in front.

Cejka shot an 8-under 64 on Thursday at Amata Spring Country Club in Chon Buri, Thailand, to grab a one-shot lead over Rose and Thailand native Arnond Vongvanij, who played college golf at the University of Florida.

"I hit the ball very well today," Cejka said. "The greens roll perfect. I took a couple big chances and made birdies.

"I hope my form will continue like this and we will see how it goes in the next three rounds."

Cejka, 43, is a four-time winner on the European Tour, although his last victory came in 2002. He was 12th at the European Tour's Hong Kong Open last week.

Like Cejka, Rose and Vongvanij were bogey-free on Thursday.

"I felt like I was reading the green well. My putting felt really sharp," Rose said. "But you have to stay out of the roughs on this course."

Defending champion Charl Schwartzel is tied for sixth with Sergio Garcia, Sujjan Singh and Mardan Mamat at 4 under. Asian Tour money leader Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 10th with four others, including Marcus Fraser, after shooting 69.

Stenson and Watson and Rickie Fowler are among those tied for 15th at 2 under, while Hunter Mahan and Thongchai Jaidee are another shot back at 1 under.

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