Jubilant Kiradech on top in Germany

Sat 25 Jun 2016

Jubilant Kiradech on top in Germany

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June 24: Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat made his move by firing a eight-under-par 64 to grab a share of the second round lead at the BMW International Open on Friday.
The 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, who opened with a 69, reached the turn in 34 before storming home with four birdies and an eagle for a two-day total of 11-unedr-par 133 to sit atop the leaderboard with France's Raphael Jacquelin and Sweden's Henrik Stenson at the European Tour event.
"This course is about the first shot. You put yourself in the fairways, you have opportunities to make a lot of birdies, and my putter was working better than yesterday. Striking the ball great at the flag, every single ball.
"It was a fantastic round. I haven't played good golf the last few month, but after I hit many good shots on the front nine, I got my confidence back and I believed in myself that I'm one of the top players,” said the newlywed Kiradech.
Compatriot Thongchai Jaidee meanwhile slipped to tied-22nd after posting a 71 while current Merit leader, Marcus Fraser of Australia carded a 72 for a share of 31st place.
India's S.S.P Chawrasia (72) and Thailand's Prom Meesawat (74) are in tied-40th and 54th place respetively.
Over at the Quicken Loans National in the United States, honorary member Ernie Els moved to a share of fourth place with his 135 total while Korea's Byeonghun An, who played for Team Asia at the EurAsia Cup in January, signed for a 68 to share 11th place.
India's Arjun Atwal posted another identical 70 for a share of 36th place while Anirban Lahiri made the cut right at the bubble after returning with a 71 for a 142 total.
At the ISPS Handa Global Cup in Japan, Thailand's Thanyakon Khrongpha posted a 67 for a share of third place while Malaysia's Gavin Green fired another successive 67 to get within two shots of leaders Emiliano Grillo of Argentina and Korea's Sanghyun Park in equal fifth place.
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