Prayad Turns on the Power

Fri 19 Dec 2008

Prayad Turns on the Power


Bangkok, December 19: Prayad Marksaeng revived his title defence of the Volvo Masters of Asia after firing a sensational seven-under-par 65 in the second round on Friday.

The Thai star had opened his campaign with a disappointing 74 on Thursday but hit top form with five birdies and one eagle to move into contention with the second round still in progress.

Prayad took advantage of the calm conditions in the morning and peppered the flags with crisp iron play to post his best score at the Thai Country Club. An eagle at the fourth hole sparked him to life and he did not look back.

"I was not too worried about shooting a 74 yesterday. I knew I would be out early this morning and I thought I could play well . That is how it turned out," said Prayad, who has won three times in Japan this season.

A good week here will earn him a trip to the US Masters next April which is one of Prayad's goals apart from putting up a strong title defence. Presently, he is ranked 49th in the world and needs to pick up world ranking points to maintain his top-50 position, which comes with a ticket to Augusta National.

"I do not feel any pressure about defending my title. I am aiming to be in the top-15 here as that will keep me in the top-50 of the world rankings. I want to have a good finish and if I can win, it will be a big bonus," he said."

India's Jeev Milkha Singh, who has already secured the Asian Tour's Order of Merit title, improved with a 70 after struggling to a 76 in the opening round but Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, chasing a third straight victory, added a 74 to his first round 73.