Happy Gunn stays in contention #QueensCupGolf

Sat 18 Jun 2016

Happy Gunn stays in contention #QueensCupGolf

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Samui, Thailand, June 18: Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul completed his second round in two-under-par 69 at the Queen’s Cup on Saturday morning to lie one shot back of joint leaders Prom Meesawat of Thailand, American Paul Peterson and Spaniard Carlos Pigem.
The 24-year old Gunn returned to Santiburi Samui Country early in the morning and parred his remaining five holes to stay in contention for his first Asian Tour title.
Thaworn Wiratchand of Thailand Thaworn Wiratchand of Thailand
First round leader Thaworn Wiratchant also completed his second round in 72 and will start the final two rounds three shots off the pace as he bids for a record third Queen’s Cup title.
“I’ll take the score. I’m hitting it better with the swing changes that I was talking about earlier,” said Gunn.
The young Thai is happy to find good form again at his home event. And keeping an even keel during the heat of battle will be his main goal this weekend.
“I’ll just play my game and have fun out there. I’ve not been having fun for a long time and I’ve been struggling. If I’m going to make this my career, I need to enjoy the game,” said the Thai.
“I’ve been putting too much expectations on myself. I got my Asian Tour card through seven events in 2012 and I had high expectations which limited my performance. I’ve been talking to some of the guys and if I can play under par every day, I’ll be happy. Just stick to my game plan. If winning comes to me, I’ll take it. If not, I’ll still be happy.”
A wrist injury suffered in 2014 also curtailed his fledgling career and Gunn is now hoping that changes to his golf swing will soon reap its rewards.
Linag Wen chong of China Linag Wen chong of China
“I’m trying to work my club down a little more. The top players work the club down but I’m ‘dragging’ it and losing my spine angle and losing my consistency because of that. I’m trying to get a swing that I can play really consistent in and out,” he said.
The 49-year-old Thaworn came home in 72, delighted that he bounced back from a dismal start to his second round on Friday where he shot a triple bogey and double bogey in his first four holes.
“I guess that’s Santiburi Samui for you. It’s a good comeback,” said Thaworn, winner here in 2012 and 2014.
Title holder Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand and Korea’s Jeunghun Wang, the highest ranked player in the field, completed their second rounds in matching 72s to lie on one-under for the US$300,000 Asian Tour event.
Round three will start approximately at 10am.