Mo Reveals Ambitions

Fri 22 Jun 2012

Mo Reveals Ambitions

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Jecheon, Korea, June 22: Korea’s Mo Joong-kyung is hopeful that he can win his first Asian Tour title on home soil after he carded another flawless round of four-under-par 68 to take the second lead at the inaugural Volvik Hildesheim Open J Golf Series on Friday.
The 40-year-old has yet to drop a shot at the US$300,000 event which is jointly sanctioned with the Korean Golf Tour and he is looking forward to more good scores over the weekend after compiling a two-day total of eight-under-par 136.
Compatriot Kim Dae-hyun added a 70 to his opening 67 to take second place while Thailand’s Pariya Junhasavasdikul battled to a 70 to take a share of third place with Korea’s Park Boo-won of Korea on 138.
Asian Tour rookie Javi Colomo of Spain returned with a 70 to share fifth place with Korea’s Lee In-woo and Lee Sang-hee on 139.
Mo’s last win on the Asian Tour was in 2008 in Thailand and he knows that hitting those tee shots well at the Hildesheim Country Club will be key as he chases his third Tour victory this week.
The Korean, who started on the back-nine par four 10th, got his first birdie on the 16th before reaching the turn in 35.
He marked his card with two more birdies on the first and second holes before another birdie on the seventh hole ensured he stayed ahead of the pack.
“It’s important to keep your shots off the tee very straight. If you can do that, you’ll have a very good chance on your second shot. This course is very hilly so you have to judge the distance well,” said Mo.
“I try not to think too far ahead but it would be great if I do win an Asian Tour event in my home country,” added the two-time Asian Tour winner.
Kim believes that his game will only getting better once the weekend rounds commence.
“I’m beginning to warm up for this tournament and it’s good to be in this position heading into the weekend,” said Kim
The 32-year-old Korean, who is regarded as one of the longest hitters on the Korean Golf Tour where he averages 290 yards, mixed four birdies against two bogeys to remain in contention for his third professional win.
“It’s important to get maximum distance off the tee as this course is very hilly and you wouldn’t wish to have any trouble with your second shot. I’ll try to play aggressively like what I’m been doing and hopefully it’ll continue to put me in a strong position on Sunday,” said Kim.
Meanwhile Pariya is happy to be heading into the weekend rounds behind the leaders.
The Volvik best dressed player nominee for this week got off to a rough start with an opening bogey on the par-four first. He recovered well and went on to birdie the fourth, sixth, seventh and ninth holes before turning in 33.
The Thai seemed to be heading for the summit until a disastrous double bogey on the 12th followed by another bogey on the 13th hole caused him to lose sight of the top.
However, the 27-year-old responded impressively with further birdies on the 14th and 16th holes to stay on course for a grandstand finish.
“Those hiccups on 12 and 13 cost me a little bit but my caddie patted me on the back and said you know what, we’re only back to even-par and you only have to make more birdies coming in and that’s what I did,” said Pariya.
“I’m going to fly under the radar at the last moment.  Sometimes it’s better to be chasing the leaders. You attack the pins more while the leaders have to protect their lead. I feel like I’m in a better position there,” added Pariya.

The cut was set at even-par with a total of 65 players making it into the weekend rounds.
The Volvik Hildesheim Open is the 12th leg of the 2012 Asian Tour Schedule and also the third event to be staged in Korea this season.
Volvik, the leading manufacturer of colour golf balls produced in Korea, is title sponsoring the tournament as an expansion to an earlier commitment to support professional golf at the highest level in Asia.
This is also the first time a golf ball manufacturer is title sponsoring a tournament on the Asian Tour.
Scores after round 2 of the Volvik Hildesheim Open 2012 being played at the par 72, 7188 Yards Hildeshiem cC course (a- denotes amateur):
136 - MO Joong-kyung (KOR) 68-68.
137 - KIM Dae-hyun (KOR) 67-70.
138 - PARK Boo-won (KOR) 69-69, Pariya JUNHASAVASDIKUL (THA) 68-70.
139 - LEE Sang-hee (KOR) 66-73, Javi COLOMO (ESP) 69-70, LEE In-woo (KOR) 71-68.
140 - Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 69-71, PARK Seung-hoon (KOR) 70-70, BYUN Jin-jae (KOR) 69-71, PARK Jun-won (KOR) 69-71, SONG Young-hoon (KOR) 70-70.
141 - LEE Ki-sang (KOR) 69-72, Makoto INOUE (JPN) 70-71, Jason KANG (USA) 72-69, MA Soo-kil (KOR) 66-75, Scott HEND (AUS) 68-73, PARK Jung-ho (KOR) 70-71, KIM Meen-whee (KOR) 68-73, EOM Jae-woong (KOR) 71-70, KIM Seong-yong (KOR) 68-73, Thanyakon KHRONGPHA (THA) 70-71, Adilson DA SILVA (BRA) 69-72.
Selected scores
142 - SIDDIKUR  (BAN) 71-71, Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 71-71
144 - LAM Chih Bing (SIN) 73-71Ends

About Volvik
Volvik began the research and development of golf ball technology in Korea more than three decades ago and has earned status as one of the leaders in performance golf ball manufacturing. Having a focus on quality and innovation in its unique golf ball styling, Volvik has produced more than 1 million golf balls every year and continues to expand all over the world. The company is dedicated to the production of specialized 3 and 4 piece multi-layer solid golf balls that feature patented dimple technology for optimal performance that satisfies the needs of golfers at every skill level. In just over 30 years of golf ball production, Volvik has developed a reputation based on perfect quality control and innovative development, quickly becoming one of the most significant and trusted golf ball manufacturers in the world. In addition to its partnership with LPGA, Volvik sponsor many events from Girls Golf, Front Row Experience, and LPGA's future's tour, Symetra Tour. Also Volvik has marketing deals with thirteen LPGA tour players - Jin Young Pak, Meena Lee, Jeong Jang (JJ), Jee Young Lee, Allison Duncan, Chella Choi, KyeongBae, Laura Diaz, Christine Song, Ilhee Lee, Min SeoKwak, MiHyang Lee, YooKyeong Kim and Birdie Kim.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia.  This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Rolex (Official Timekeeper), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts), Cityneon (Official Event Overlay Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), BlackBerry (Official Communications Partner) and Srixon (Official Ball). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.