Kiradech and Hend in contention in Dubai

November 18: Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand fired a solid five-under-par 67 to charge into contention at the halfway stage of the DP World Tour Championship on Friday.

Kiradech, the 2013 Asian Tour number one, totalled eight-under-par 136 to trail the leader Matthew Fitzpatrick of England by two shots at the Jumeirah Golf Estates.

The Thai needs a solid result this week as he hopes to qualify for Team Asia for the EurAsia Cup on his own Merit through the Official World Golf Ranking. The final team will be announced in two weeks.

Reigning Order of Merit winner Scott Hend of Australia fired a 71 to stay within striking distance on 137. He is three shots from the leader.