Chiba Prefecture, Japan, September 22: Thailand’s Poom Saksansin continued his fine form by signing for a bogey-free five-under-par 66 to grab a share of the clubhouse lead in the ongoing second round of the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup on Friday.
Starting the day with a six-shot deficit, the 24-year-old Poom fired five birdies to sit atop the leaderboard on eight-under-par 134 total alongside South African Jbe Kruger, who returned with a 68, at the Caledonian Golf Club.
Chinese Taipei’s Hung Chien-yao, Younghan Song of Korea, Japanese duo Toru Nakajima and Daisuke Kataoka came in two shots back following respective rounds of 67, 70, 66 and 69 respectively at the ¥150 million (approximately US$1.37 million) event.
Poom took advantage of his hot putter to move into contention at the event co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO). He navigated his way around the greens in only 27 putts.
“I putted really good today. I made two long putts on hole 18 and hole two today. I sank the putt from about 10 yards on the second hole and the birdie putt on 18 was from slightly more than 10 yards. I eagled the 18 yesterday so I was feeling good about that hole.
“I was just thinking about making the cut out there. The condition is really nice. I like the layout although it’s tricky. The greens are sloppy so you have to keep the ball in play and put the ball in the right positions. You need to keep hitting the fairways as well,” said Poom.
Poom, along with his cherubic look, catapulted into the spotlight when he won his second Asian Tour victory in India last month.
“I am not thinking much about the results. I want to play shot by shot and just focus on hitting as manay fairways as I can. The game’s been pretty good. I just struggle with my confidence sometimes. I think that’s my problem right now,” added Poom.
Poom injured his back last year and was advised by his doctor to lose weight in order to avoid getting injured again. He has lost about 10 kilograms since.