Prayad powers ahead in Japan

Fri 25 Sep 2015

Prayad powers ahead in Japan

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Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, September 25: Thai veteran Prayad Marksaeng fired a two-under-par 68 to take the early second round lead without missing a fairway and green at the Asia-Pacific Open Mitsubishi Diamond Cup on Friday.
The in-form 49-year-old, who is a nine-time Asian Tour winner, birdied the last hole to lead by two shots on 5-under-par 135 on a rainy morning at the challenging Otone Country Club, West course.
Hideto Tanihara of Japan, who was part of Team Asia who forced a 10-10 tie with Team Europe in the inaugural EurAsia Cup last year, and countryman Toshinori Muto posted 68s to share second place.
Overnight leader Scott Strange of Australia struggled in the testing conditions as he posted a disappointing 74 at the Y150 million (approximately US$1.2 million) event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.
The evergreen Prayad admits he could have returned with a lower score after missing several birdie attempts and three putting for bogey on the 17th hole.
“I had a lot of birdie chances. My game was good except my putting. It was the same yesterday where I missed a lot of short putts. It would have been a better day if those putts went in,” said Prayad.
The experienced Thai is enjoying the form of his life this year after winning one title on the Asian Tour and in Japan this year. He credits a healthy lifestyle to his success this year where he also won three titles on the local circuit.
“I’m confident with my game because I’m physically fit and my equipment are help my game. I spend a lot of time in Japan this year and I always stretch to avoid injuries.
“I also spend a lot of time in the hot springs in Japan after my round and that has helped with my health!” said Prayad, who only wore a shirt on a cold and wet Friday morning.
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