Hong Kong, November 24: Thailand’s Poom Saksansin conquered his nerves by signing for a second round two-under-par 68 to move into contention at the UBS Hong Kong Open on Friday.
The two-time Asian Tour winner’s two-day total of five-under-par 135 kept him within touching distance of the leaders at the Hong Kong Golf Club where the US$2 million event is being staged.
“I still feel very nervous each time I play in big events like this. This is especially so when I first tee off. I just hope to have a good drive each time I tee off.
“But I’m feeling good because I’ve been driving the ball very well these past two days. My irons and putting have been good. I just made a little mistake on the greens as I found it tough to read them,” said Poom.
Newly-crowned Asian Tour winner, Micah Lauren Shin of the United States continued his good form by returning with a 69 to be among the front runners at the UBS Hong Kong Open.
“The win in Manila was a confidence booster. But I still have to play well here as it’s a different tournament. I still need to work hard and try my best to try to finish well.
“I’ve been putting really well. I’m kind of disappointed with how I’m driving the ball right now but hopefully over the weekend, I can hit more fairways so that I can get more birdie chances,” said Shin.
Tournament drawcard Justin Rose of England meanwhile kept the galleries happy as his 137 total was enough to see him progress into the weekend rounds.
“I feel like I’m in good position. I think the lead is going to go away from us a little this afternoon. It feels nicer conditions. I’m sure there will be some guys that will play well this afternoon. But to be only two back of the morning wave means I’m in position for the weekend,” said Rose.