Lahiri remains in driver's seat

Fri 28 Nov 2014

Lahiri remains in driver's seat

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Khon Kaen, Thailand, November 28: India’s Anirban Lahiri remained in pole position by returning with a five-under-par 67 after the second round of the King’s Cup on Friday.
The five-time Asian Tour winner, who shared the overnight lead, compiled a two-day total of 12-under-par 132 to extend his morning advantage over Australia’s Andrew Dodt by two shots at the Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club.
Dodt rode on his rich vein of form by making a huge move up the leaderboard with a 65 while local hero Thaworn Wiratchant showed age has not slowed him down by taking third place on 135 at the US$500,000 Asian Tour event.
Andrew Dodt of Australia Andrew Dodt of Australia
Lahiri continued to assert himself with another round that could edge him closer to his third win on the region’s premier Tour this year.
While it may not be similar to his opening round where he carded a 65, the Indian is still pleased with his efforts where he traded seven birdies against two bogeys on holes five and 15.
“I’m happy with the way I’m playing. It wasn’t quite as good as it was yesterday but I’m still feeling comfortable on the golf course and the position I’m in.
“I made a couple of dropped shots today, missed more greens than I did yesterday. But I’m happy with the way I finished, especially with those two birdies in the last four holes to pick myself up,” said Lahiri.
Buoyed by his recent good form which included securing his card for Europe next year, Dodt is determined to give Lahiri a good run for his money over the weekend.
The Australian’s sole victory on the Asian Tour came in India in 2010. But with renewed confidence, Dodt believes he can make a stronger push for another grandstand finish.
“Confidence is a huge thing in golf and if you can ride that momentum, you can go a long way. I feel like I’m in a pretty good spot at the moment so I’ll try to push Anirban on the weekend and we’ll see where we end up,” said Dodt.
“I struggled a little bit yesterday but scored well. I hit it a lot better today and holed some new putts. Anytime you can shoot a good score like that, the confidence goes up and I’m looking forward to the weekend,” added the 28-year-old Australian.
At 47, Thaworn showed no signs of letting up as he flew back under the radar with a 67.
The Thai already holds an unprecedented 17 titles on the Asian Tour and is looking forward to breaking more records.
Thaworn Wirachant of Thailand Thaworn Wirachant of Thailand
“Who says I’m old? Still young boy,” laughed the Thai veteran. “I’m still enjoying my game every day and that’s important. I love my golf and that’s what keeps me going which includes trying to get another win again this week.”
Ends.