Prayad Makes a Splash

Fri 29 Mar 2013

Prayad Makes a Splash

Chiangmai, Thailand, March 29: Thai veteran Prayad Marksaeng stayed in the hunt to end a six-year title drought on the Asian Tour when he shot a five-under-par 67 for the second round clubhouse lead at the inaugural Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT on Friday.

The six-time Asian Tour winner, but not since 2007, leads by two shots on 12-under-par 132 from Jonathan Moore of the United States and India’s Digvijay Singh, who returned with 68 and 67 respectively at the remarkable Alpine Golf Resort-Chiangmai.

China’s Hu Mu, who is playing on a sponsor’s invitation, carded a 69 to stay within three shots of the clubhouse leader in fourth place at the US$750,000 full field Asian Tour event.

Jason Knutzon of the United States and the consistent Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka are a further shot back on the region’s premier Tour which is celebrating its 10th season. Y.E. Yang of Korea, Asia’s first Major champion, shot a 68 for tied seventh.

Prayad, who used the cross-handed putting grip which earned him a solid 65 on the first day, is still enjoying some of his best golf at the age of 47 after reverting to a new iron set and golf ball, which are giving him better accuracy and distance.

“I changed to a new golf ball and it seems to be giving me more distance. Last time I hit my driver to about 280 yards but now I’m hitting it about 20 yards longer. I’m getting more distance and that’s good with my age,” said Prayad.
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Playing from the back nine, Prayad had to overcome an early bogey on the 11th hole with immensely accurate approach shots which were rewarded with six birdies from inside 10 feet.

“I’m happy with how I played. My game from my driver, irons and putting were very good. I used the cross hand grip today. It seems to be working for me. I’ve been playing very good this year and I hope I can maintain my form,” added the Thai.

Moore, who graduated from the Asian Development Tour (ADT) in 2011 and kept his Asian Tour cards for 2013, hopes to maintain a carefree attitude as he bids to win his first Asian Tour title.

“A few things I’ve learned over the years, one of them is to send the ball on its way. I can’t make it go to a particular spot. Just envision that all I’m going to do is to hit it into the ocean instead of a small fairway. Just make that free swing and hit it into a big wide ocean. I think that’s helped a bit,” said Moore.