Chapchai in charge at Hero Indian Open

Fri 08 Nov 2013

Chapchai in charge at Hero Indian Open

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Delhi, November 8: Chapchai Nirat of Thailand charged into the early second round lead with a four-under-par 68 at the Hero Indian Open on Friday.
The big-hitting Thai signed for a 10-under-par 134 to hold a three-shot lead over three-time Asian Tour winner Angelo Que of the Philippines, who posted a 68 without playing a practice round at the Delhi Golf Club.
Baek Seuk-hyun of Korea, ranked fifth on the Order of Merit, Anirban Lahiri of India, who won three of his Asian Tour titles at this venue, and Thai duo Pariya Junhasavasdikul and Chawalit Plaphol, both winners on the Asian Tour this year,  were tied in fourth.
Chapchai has enjoyed huge success in India, the country where he set a 72-hole world scoring record with a 32-under-par 256 in 2009 en route to winning his third Asian Tour title.
He endured a lean spell since his record-breaking feat but has turned the corner after reverting to a belly putter in September.
“When I was using my old putter, I tend to open or close the putter face when I putt. That never happens with the belly putter. My scores have certainly improved since I changed putter,” said the 30-year-old Chapchai.
A fog delay for over an hour in the morning worked to Chapchai’s advantage. “My body was feeling uncomfortable but I took time to calm myself down during the delay. I felt better after that.”
The flamboyant Que made a positive move up the leaderboard after trading five birdies against on bogey.
“I’ve sort of struggled a bit in the past few events, mostly with my putting. I’ve been working on that. I don’t want to change putters. I think it is just my eyes deceiving me. I just need to trust my line and my stroke,” he said.
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