Prayad leads Thai chase

Fri 14 Jun 2013

Prayad leads Thai chase

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Samui, Thailand, June 14: Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng kept the local hopes alive when he fired a flawless seven-under-par 64 to take the clubhouse lead after the morning second round of the THB 9.6 million (approximately US$312,000) Queen’s Cup on Friday.
The 47-year-old veteran, who is one of Thailand’s most successful golfers with six victories on the Asian Tour, compiled a two-day total of seven-under-par 135 for a one-shot lead over compatriots Arnond Vongvanij and Jazz Janewattananond and Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung who returned with matching 136s at the Santiburi Samui Country Club.
After overcoming a six-shot deficit to move atop the leaderboard, Prayad is hopeful of a win at the Queen’s Cup, an event which he regards as a very important one on the region’s premier Tour.
“The Queen’s Cup is a very special event as it means a lot to the Thai people. We’re playing for the Queen’s honour and a win by a local will mean a lot for the Thai people,” said Prayad.
On a morning where the winds were calmer, Prayad started his back-nine 10th by marking his card with birdies on holes 11, 14, 16 and 18.
The Thai continued his dominance with two birdies in three holes after the turn. He signed off well with another birdie on the par-four ninth.
“I did not commit too many mistakes today and I was driving the ball really well. Hopefully, it continues to stay this way till Sunday,” said Prayad.
Having won the King’s Cup in his rookie year, Arnond knows the Queen’s Cup would be a nice addition in his trophy cabinet.
However, he prefers not to put too much pressure on getting that win yet.
“I haven’t really thought about it as it’s still early days. I didn’t really do too well last year, so this year I’m just trying to get around the course and not make any silly mistakes,” said Arnond, who finished in 70th place last year.
The 24-year-old took advantage of the benign weather conditions in the morning by mixing five birdies against one bogey to make his move.
“I drove the ball a lot better and gave myself lots of chances. The conditions were also easier as there were less winds,” said Arnond.
Meanwhile Fung will have to make last minute changes to his flight itinerary home after he surprised even himself with a 64.
“I initially booked an early afternoon flight back to Kuala Lumpur on Sunday but I think I’ve to change to an evening one now. I’ve always tee off in the early groups but today’s score was totally unexpected,” said a beaming Fung.
“I played really well today. All my putts went in and I even managed to chip in from about 30 yards for eagle on the 16th,” added the Malaysian, who marked his card with six birdies, one eagle and a bogey.
Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Queen’s Cup is held in honour of Her Majesty, Queen Sirikit and is one of four tournaments in Thailand to feature on the Asian Tour, which is celebrating its milestone 10th season after establishing itself as a players’ organisation in 2004.
The weekend rounds of the Queen’s Cup will be broadcast live on True Sport and will also feature on the Asian Tour Golf and Highlights show.
Queen’s Cup Bangkok Airways – SAT Samui Golf Tournament 2013 is mainly sponsored by Bangkok Airways, Sports Authority of Thailand, Santiburi Samui Country Club, Bangkok Hospital Group, PTT Co.,Ltd, Bangkok Bank, Kiatnakin Phatra Financial Group, Tourism Authority of Thailand and co-sponsored by Four Seasons Resort, Samui Palm Beach Resort and Intercontinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam.
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