Kiradech stays close in Turkey

November 4: Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat will be looking to out-drive Nicolas Colsaerts as he trials the Belgium leader by five shots heading into the weekend rounds at the Turkish Airlines Open.

The 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner mixed his card with seven birdies and three bogeys for a second round four-under-par 67 to take third place at the European Tour event.

“It’s always a good way to finish the last with a birdie and get away from the golf course. It will be sweet dreams overnight. It’s a little bit closer to Nicolas but the way he’s playing the first two rounds is fantastic. I’ll try to out-drive him tomorrow. That’s all I want to do but it’s going to be tough. The next two days I just want to enjoy myself with the golf course.

“Really nice, beautiful golf course and with all the golf fans coming out to support, I just want to show them what we can do, entertain and play my own game and make myself comfortable.┬áThe last three months I was playing solid golf and really comfortable with the swing. The way I’m striking the ball is fantastic. I’m working with my coach and understanding what to do and I think it’s working the right way,” said Kiradech.

Korean-American David Lipsky improved on his opening 74 with a 67 to move to a share of 38th place with his two-day total of one-under-par 141 while Australia’s Scott Hend was tied for 46th with his 70.

Sam Brazel, a one-time Asian Tour winner, posted another 72 for a share of 62nd place.