Thongchai moves into title hunt in Turkey

Sat 05 Nov 2016

Thongchai moves into title hunt in Turkey


November 5: Thongchai Jaidee shot a five-under-par 66 to move into tied second place at the halfway stage of the Turkish Airlines Open on Friday.

The triple Asian Tour number one sank six birdies against a lone bogey at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort for a nine-under-par 133 but trails leader Thorbjorn Olesen by six shots. The Dane fired a fine 62 to lead the European Tour Final Series event.

China's Li Haotong carded a fine 68 for tied fourth poisition while former Asian Tour number one David Lipsky returned a 69 for equal 10th position on 136. Korea’s Jeunghun Wang was a further stroke back following a 70 while a second round 67 pushed Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand up to tied 27th position.

Thongchai is chasing a second title on the European Tour this season following his victory at the Open de France in July.

“I played well, putting well and hitting the ball very good. It was better than yesterday, one shot better than yesterday to be exact! I don't think I missed much today. I hit a lot of perfect shots, that's why five-under par has made me very happy,” said the Thai veteran.

“I’ve had two very solid rounds - I could compare them with the French Open. I played good in the French Open, very consistent every day, so hopefully I can continue that this week. I’m really confident and putting well. I think the greens are a very good speed and I like them like this.”

First round report

Antalya, Turkey, November 3: China’s Haotong Li fired a flawless five-under-par 66 to emerge as the highest-placed Asian in tied-third place following the opening round of the Turkish Airlines Open on Thursday.

Jeunghun Wang of Korea Jeunghun Wang of Korea

Li, who claimed his breakthrough European Tour victory on home soil earlier in May, trails leader George Coetzee of South Africa by two shots at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort.

“I played solid. I only missed one green

today and had so many birdie chances, so it was really good.

“I think everything is different from last week in Shanghai. It's more enjoyable for me this week. I feel more relaxed. Hopefully I can keep the same feeling for next couple days and play well,” said the 21-year-old Chinese.

Former Asian Tour Order of Merit champion David Lipsky of the United States signed for a 67 to sit in fourth place alongside a host of players, which includes Thai veteran Thongchai Jaidee and rising star Jeunghun Wang of Korea.

Australian Scott Hend, current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader, came in a further shot back to tie in 15th place while Thai star Kiradech Aphibarnrat and reigning Merit champion Anirban Lahiri of India returned with matching 72s for tied-58th position.