Patient Panuphol stays ahead #Taiwan_Masters

Fri 30 Sep 2016

Patient Panuphol stays ahead #Taiwan_Masters

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Tamsui, September 30: Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat was rewarded for his patience when he fired a two-under-par 70 to set the clubhouse target in the on-going second round of the Mercuries Taiwan Masters on Friday.
The 23-year-old Panuphol traded four birdies against two bogeys to lead by two shots on a six-under-par 138 total at the US$800,000 Asian Tour event which is celebrating its 30th edition.
Talented Filipino Miguel Tabuena rued a poor finish as he ended the day with a 70 while local stalwart Chan Shih-chang (72) was a further two shots back on 142 as he kept up his chase for a second straight Asian Tour victory.
Chasing for a first Asian Tour title, Panuphol stayed calm in tricky conditions after missing numerous makeable birdie putts at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club.
“A couple of under on this golf course is very acceptable. The key today was staying patient. A lot of things didn’t go my way and my ball kept bouncing away from the hole. It always turned away from the hole but I stayed patient and kept grinding,” said Panuphol.
He was even-par at the turn but made a charge with three straight birdies from the 13th hole before dropping his second shot of the day on the penultimate hole.
“You come out to this golf course with a tough layout and tree line, you have to be patient. You won’t hole most of the putts you expect to hole. Eventually the putts will drop!” added the Thai, who is nicknamed Coconut.
Tabuena opened with a bogey but battled back with seven birdies before his momentum came to a halt when a poor second shot resulted in a double bogey the par five 15th hole. It was a costly mistake for the Filipino who finished with bogeys on 17 and 18.
“I’m not happy with the way I finished. It was unlike me to finish like that. Making a double on a par five really hurts. I had a perfect drive and had 250 yards to the green. Unfortunately my second shot was way off from where I thought it should be. I chipped out and it got stuck in a tree root and I doubled from there.
“That got my head hot going into the next hole which shouldn’t happen because I’ve been a professional for six years. It was an amateur mistake by me,” said the 22-year-old Tabuena, who represented his country in the Olympics last month.
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