Jakarta, December 15: Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat made his move with a second round eight-under-par 64 to snatch the clubhouse lead at the Indonesian Masters presented by Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), Bank Mandiri, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) and Telkom Indonesia on Friday.
The two-Asian Tour winner came into the week on the back of an Asian Development Tour (ADT) victory at the Thongchai Jaideee Foundation last week.
He continued to ride on his red-hot form and showed his determination to end the year with another victory by signing for a two-day total of 12-under-par 132 to take his place atop the leaderboard after the morning rounds.
“I have been hitting it good all week and playing some good golf. I am happy with the five birdies in a row that I made and only missed two birdies putts overall.
“The conditions were good at the start but at the end it was very hot and humid. I will just play my own games and keep myself up there on the leaderboard over the next two rounds,” said Kiradech.
Compatriot Phachara Khongwatmai also showed why he is one of the leading contenders for the Asian Tour season-ending flagship event by returning with a 69 to stay two shots back of Kiradech at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.
“My plan today was to play the same game I played yesterday. It wasn’t easy to make birdies today, I missed a couple of irons on some holes but my short game saved me. My chipping has been the strongest part of my game and helped me to go low today.
“After 36 holes I am not thinking about anyone in front of me or behind me and I will just focus on my own game,” said Phachara.
India’s S. Chikkarangappa is pleased to see his return to form, judging from his results over the last two days where he posted rounds of 68 and 67.
“It was a much needed round, I am very happy with how I played. Nine-under puts me right up there and I am really looking forward to the next two rounds. The season has not been good for me and it’s probably one of the worst in my golfing career.
“But its okay there have been a lot of positives which I will take over next year, so hopefully I can end the year on a good day,” said the Indian.