Thongchai two shots back in Wentworth

Fri 22 May 2015

Thongchai two shots back in Wentworth

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May 23: Thai veteran Thongchai Jaidee fired a bogey-free six-under-par 66 to trail leader Francesco Molinari of Italy by two shots at the halfway stage of the BMW PGA Championship on Friday.
Thongchai, who opened with a 70, nailed six birdies to tie in third place with an eight-under-par 136 total at the Wentworth Club.
"I putted so well today. I played solid. I enjoyed my round although I made a mistake on the 11th hole today. The ball landed in the bush and it was unplayabble. I managed to save par on that hole and also on the 12th. I have no complaints about my round. I haven't putt well for a long time. This week was exceptionally good," said Thongchai, a three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner.
"I've played here many times and it's always good to see the crowds out here. As a player, it's good to see and it has no pressure for me. I like to perform well in front of the crowd. I have always enjoyed coming to Wentworth. I had a good draw and the weather's been good," added the 45-year-old.
2013 Order of Merit champion Kiradech Aphinbarnrat of Thailand, who won the Shenzhen Invitational in China recently, signed for a 69 to grab a share of 17th place on 141 alongside seven other players which include reigning Order of Merit champion David Lipsky of the United States, who carded a 66.
Asia’s first Major winner, Y.E. Yang of Korea, posted a 74 to slip to tied-25th place while Indian duo Jeev Milkha Singh and Anirban Lahiri returned with successive 72s to tie in 52nd position on 144.
Asian Tour honorary member Ernie Els of South Africa and Thailand’s Prom Meesawat carded 73 and 74 respectively to merely make the cut in tied-62nd place on 145.
Australian Scott Hend, India’s Shiv Kapur and S.S.P. Chowrasia unfortunately missed the halfway cut following rounds of 79, 77 and 75 respectively.
Over in China, Asian Tour graduate Eugene Wong of Canada registered a second round 70 to trail countryman and leader Justin Shin by four shots at the United Investment Real Estate Wuhan Open.
Overnight leader Scott Barr of Australia slipped to tied-11th position following a disappointing 77 at the Yishan Golf Club.