Powerful Prayad storms ahead #QueensCup

Fri 19 Jun 2015

Powerful Prayad storms ahead #QueensCup

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Samui, Thailand, June 19: Thai star Prayad Marksaeng showed his class when he signed for a superb six-under-par 65 to seize the second round clubhouse lead by two shots at the weather-hit Queen’s Cup on Friday.
Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand
The eight-time Asian Tour winner returned with a blemish-free round highlighted by six birdies to lead with a two-day total of eight-under-par 134 while Canadian Richard T. Lee, who signed for a 67, settled for second place at the Santiburi Samui Country Club.
Overnight leader Atthaphon Sriboonkaew of Thailand (71) shared third place on 137 with defending champion and countryman Thaworn Wiratchant (68) at the US$300,000 Asian Tour event.
Akinori Tani of Japan, one of the 31 players who returned to the course to complete their rounds on Saturday morning, signed for a 70 to take fifth place with Wolmer Murillo of Venezuela and Malaysia's Danny Chia, who carded 66 and 69 respectively.
After ending his first round with three birdies, Prayad, who won the Queen’s Cup in 2013, picked up from where he left off by firing two straight opening birdies from the 10th hole and picked up four more birdies on 14th, 16th, fifth and sixth holes.
“I got off to a solid start. Before the round, I told myself it does not matter who is leading, as long as it’s a Thai player, I am ok with it. I didn’t expect myself to lead now but it’s always good coming back to play here. I like this course a lot and playing this week brings back a lot of memories from my win in 2013,” said Prayad, who sank a huge 30-footer birdie on the 10th.
Prayad blitzed the course with a hot putter for an impressive round. “I putted so well. I made a couple of long putts. I will try my best to keep the trophy on home soil this week,” added the 49-year-old Thai.
Richard T Lee of Canada Richard T Lee of Canada
Lee was delighted to make a late charge up the leaderboard with three closing birdies that came right after the rain suspension.
“I had a great finish today. I am happy to put myself in a good position to challenge for a second win on the Asian Tour heading into the weekend round,” said the 24-year-old Lee, who mixed his card with five birdies against a lone bogey on the par-four 11th.
“I have played well here last year so I am hopeful of another good finish this week. The season has been great for me especially with the two top-five finishes at the start of the year. I just want to keep up with my good form and hopefully a second win will come soon,” added Lee, who sits in sixth place on the current Order of Merit.
Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand
Heading into the round with a one-shot lead, Atthaphon conceded that the pressure of being in the lead has gotten to him but took comfort that he is still in the mix to battle for a career breakthrough victory.
“I didn’t want to give myself too much stress but after getting so many encouraging messages from my friends last night, I started to feel the pressure. I started well today actually. I was three-under through six holes but I lost focus. The rain delay helped me a bit as I got to cool down for a while,” said Atthaphon, who traded three birdies against three bogeys.
Thaworn remained confident in his bid for a record-breaking victory after capping a commendable round. “I played good today, given the tough conditions out there. I am happy with where I stand at the moment and I believe I still have the chance to break my own records this week,” said Thaworn, who holds an unprecedented 18 titles on the Asian Tour.
Scores after round 2 of the Queen's Cup Samui Golf Tournament 2015 being played at the par 71, 6814 Yards Santiburi GCC course (am - denotes amateur):
134 - Prayad MARKSAENG (THA) 69-65.
136 - Richard T. LEE (CAN) 69-67.
137 - Atthaphon SRIBOONKAEW (THA) 66-71, Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 69-68.
138 - Wolmer MURILLO (VEN) 72-66, Danny CHIA (MAS) 69-69.
139 - Siddikur RAHMAN (BAN) 69-70, Thanyakon KHRONGPHA (THA) 74-65, Jeunghun WANG (KOR) 68-71, Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL (THA) 68-71.
140 - Pannakorn UTHAIPAS (THA) 68-72, S.S.P. CHAWRASIA (IND) 73-67, Fumihiro EBINE (JPN) 69-71, Chiragh KUMAR (IND) 68-72.
141 - Tanutchan PUAKTES (THA) 72-69, Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA) 71-70, Khalin JOSHI (IND) 71-70, Gunn CHAROENKUL (THA) 69-72.
142 - Settee PRAKONGVECH (THA) 68-74, Chan KIM (USA) 71-71, Phachara KHONGWATMAI (THA) 74-68, Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 73-69, Sattaya SUPUPRAMAI (THA) 74-68, Yoshinobu TSUKADA (JPN) 71-71.
143 - Shaun NORRIS (RSA) 71-72, CHAN Shih-chang (TPE) 73-70, Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN) 74-69, Sutijet KOORATANAPISAN (THA) 77-66, Rashid KHAN (IND) 73-70.
Ends.
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