Kiradech slips back in Wentworth

Sat 27 May 2017

Kiradech slips back in Wentworth

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May 27: Thai star Kiradech Aphibarnrat slipped to tied-19th position after signing for a second round three-over-par 75 at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday.
The 27-year-old Thai, who was tied in second place following an opening 67, marked his card with one eagle and one birdie against six bogeys to trail the leading trio Francesco Molinari, Thomas Pieters and Scott Jamieson by five shots on two-under-par 142 at the Wentworth Club in England.
His compatriot Thongchai Jaidee returned with a second straight 72 to sit two shots back of Kiradech in tied-31st place. India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia, who also signed for a 72, settled a further shot back in tied-37th on 179.
Reigning Order of Merit champion Scott Hend of Australia carded a 75 to barely make the halfway cut set at two-over-par 146 in what is one of the biggest tournaments of the year in Europe.
American David Lipsky (74), young Thai Phachara Khongwatmai (75), Korean duo Jeunghun Wang (79) and Soomin Lee (77), as well as Australian Sam Brazel (75) failed to make it into the weekend rounds at the BMW PGA Championship.
May 26
Kiradech enjoys fast start in Wentworth
May 26: Thai star Kiradech Aphibarnrat enjoyed a flying start at the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth, England with a five-under-par 67 in the opening round on Thursday.
The former Asian Tour number one shot six birdies against a lone bogey to trail leader Johan Carlsson by one shot in one of the biggest tournaments of the year in Europe.
Korea's Jeunghun Wang, who finished third on the Asian Tour Order of Merit last season, carded a 70 to lie in tied 20th position while reigning Asian Tour number one Scott Hend of Australia and countryman Marcus Fraser were a further shot back.
Fast-car lover Kiradech was delighted with his day's work. "I'm really happy with the way I'm playing and the way we started the first round. Still a lot of golf to go," said the burly Thai.
"The golf course looks fantastic. A lot of bunkers have been taken off. Make the fairway look a little bit wider. But the green is really firm and fast. It's still a really tough course. But it's in great condition."
He did not want to get ahead of himself and plans to take it one shot at a time. "I don't want to force myself look forward to the last round. Just want to play the way I've started the first round. Just keep my focus on the game, stay patient and play to the golf course," he said.
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