Kiradech ready to play catch-up #HSBCChampions

Fri 06 Nov 2015

Kiradech ready to play catch-up #HSBCChampions

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Shanghai, November 6: Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat is ready to play catch-up after a second round two-under-par 70 left him nine shots behind American leader Kevin Kisner at the US$8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions on Friday.
The 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, who opened with a 69, remains confident of flying back under the radar at Asia’s richest tournament despite compiling a two-day total of five-under-par 139.
Kiradech did not get off to good start as he was let down by two bogeys in his outward-nine. The Thai however managed to steer himself back into the game by firing three birdies in his last four holes at the Sheshan International Golf Club.
“I had a bad start today and I didn’t hit it well with my driver. That cost me dearly as my birdie chances were severely limited.
“But having said that, anything can happen. This is a very challenging golf course but once you have a good run of form here, things can just change overnight,” said Kiradech.
Compatriot Thongchai Jaidee, a three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, also maintained a positive outlook towards his title charge after he returned with a 68 at the Shanghai showpiece.
After struggling to an opening 72, the 13-time Asian Tour winner redeemed himself with a performance he could be satisfied with.
“It was definitely better today. Yesterday I struggled with everything. I was hitting the ball into the water, everywhere. Even the putting was not good.
“But today I managed to hit more greens and was putting better. Everything’s okay and I’ll try again tomorrow,” said Thongchai.
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