Prom Meesawat (Tha) – Second Round 67 (-4), Total 135 (-7)
It’s another good day for me as I didn’t make a lot of mistakes. The bogey that I had was just unlucky. I hit a good shot and thought about having a birdie chance at the hole, but the wind picked up and the ball flew over the hole.
I played well after the turn, as I birdied the fifth and eagle the sixth.
The sixth is good for long hitters. This time, the wind helped me drive the ball farther down the fairway. I approached with a 7-iron and the ball landed over the bunker and rolled onto the green. I then putted in for eagle from 25 feet.
Over at the back nine, it’s tougher and firmer, so you have to control your distance very well.
It’s a tight leaderboard, so everyone’s still got a chance. This course is short. If you can read the green well, you can go low on this golf course. For myself, I’ll just go out and enjoy the weekend.
Shiv Kapur (Ind) – Second Round 68 (-3), Total 135 (-7)
I was bogey-free today. I kept the mistakes off the card. I felt that I had a slow start as I didn’t give myself birdie chances in the first five holes. I ground out a few pars, made a birdie on the sixth and a good birdie on seven. I got going after that.
I thought the conditions were much tougher today. The winds picked up and the greens got firm. The greens were pretty fast as well. Over at the back nine, I was just hanging on and trying to avoid the mistakes.
Overall, if you’re leading the tournament, you can’t be too unhappy. Hopefully, I can handle it better tomorrow and give myself a few more chances. I also hope that the course stays tough because I like it to be tough.
Lu Wei-chih (Tpe) – Second Round 69 (-2), Total 137 (-5)
I started the round feeling really prepared. I hit my second shot well, which gave me birdie opportunities. The greens here are rather sloppy, so it is very important to land in an ideal position. I got into some trouble at some holes at the back nine because I failed to do that.
At the sixth where I eagled, I drove to the right side of the fairway, which offered a good line to the green. My second shot was also well hit. My putt needed to go up a slope before flattening out towards the hole. I was surprised to sink that putt, but nevertheless, I was very happy about that.
Over the weekends, like what I’ve done previously, I’ll just focus on my golf swing. I’m making adjustments to make it better.
Namchok Tantipokhakul (Tha) – Second Round 70 (-1), Total 138 (-4)
The condition today is tougher than yesterday as the wind picked up, the green is firm and pretty fast. The pin positions were tough as well. So, to finish second round with one under-par 70 is not a bad result.
I bogeyed on the last hole (nine). This hole is too difficult to be a par four. It should be a par five!
I am here to try to win the tournament and get exemption on Asian tour next season as I missed out top -60 on the 2017 Order of Merit. I feel confident after winning at the Boonchu Ruangkit Championship tournament last week.
Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind) – Second Round 71 (even), Total 138 (-4)
It was a struggle today. I made some unforced errors coming down the last few holes. Overall, I hit the ball rather well, but I didn’t give myself too many opportunities. There are 36 more holes to go, so I’m really looking forward to it.
At the eighth, I landed the ball on the wrong side of the green and three-putted from there. At the ninth, I missed a short putt as I misread the line.
The goal is to keep the ball in play, hit my second shots well and hole as many putts as possible. I’ll try to get better the next two days.
Ben Leong (Mas) – Second Round 68 (-3), Total 138 (-4)
Coming into the week, I really wanted to do well, but it has been a struggle over the last two nights. I was vomiting.
I was trying to get through 18 holes, then get through 36 holes. My stomach felt really bloated the whole round. Although, I felt OK after the bogey on the 15th, so I really didn’t mind that bogey at all! It’s all good now, but it was bad during my first nine holes today.
At the 15th, I hit a good drive and a second shot. I made good putt from six feet, but the speed wasn’t right.
Overall, it has been really good. Back home, I couldn’t practice because of the rain. I’m using this opportunity to prepare myself for 2018.