Manila, November 10: Thailand’s Arnond Vongvanij and Phachara Khongwatmai edged ahead of the chasing pack by establishing a two-shot advantage after the morning round of the Resorts World Manila Masters on Friday.
With his modified swing change, Arnond signed for a second round five-under-par 67 while Phachara continued to sharpen his short game by returning with a 65 to sign for a two-day total of 12-under-par 132.
“I understand how I swing the ball better now as I had a big swing change the last couple of years and it’s coming together nicely now. I just have to keep playing against the course and do what I’ve been doing,” said Arnond, who is seeking to end his five-year title drought on the Asian Tour this week.
Phachara was also pleased with assured performance especially with his putting at the Resorts World Manila Masters.
“My short game is very good this week. All my birdies were made from inside five-feet today. Whenever I made a mistake, I was about to recover well and that was important,”said Phachara.
India’s Jyoti Randhawa made one of the biggest moves by carding a flawless 64 to move up the leaderboard behind the Thai pair alongside 2015 Resorts World Manila Maasters champion Natipong Srithing and Jarin Todd of the United States at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club.
“I’m feeling good and I’ve figured out what I need to do for the weekend. If I can maintain what I’ve been doing, it should be a good week for me.,”said Randhawa.
Overnight leader Micah Lauren Shin fell off the pace as he struggled with a 72 to trail the leaders by four shots at the US$1 million event, which is the richest golf tournament in the Philippines.
The other sponsors of the Resorts World Manila Masters Presented by Philippine Department of Tourism include Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club (Host venue), Marriott (Hotel Partner) Konami, Scientific Games, Aristocrat, Levelwear, IGT Asia Pte Ldt, Empire Automation, VYCON RGD LTD, PLDT Enterprise, Ecco Golf and Dalmore.