Distraught Sutijet and Pavit battle into contention #VenetianMacaoOpen

Fri 14 Oct 2016

Distraught Sutijet and Pavit battle into contention #VenetianMacaoOpen

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Macao, October 14: A distraught Sutijet Kooratanapisan of Thailand shot a five-under-par 66 to share a five-way tie for the halfway lead at the US$1.1 million Venetian Macao Open on Friday, hoping to win the title in honour of the late king of Thailand.
The 29-year-old Sutijet overcame his emotions following the death of the King Bhumibol as he carded six birdies against a lone bogey at the Macau Golf and Country Club. India’s Anirban Lahiri (68), Chikkarangappa S. (65), Australian Kalem Richardson (67) and Scott Vincent of Zimbawe (64) are bunched with the Thai atop the leaderboard.
“I’m happy with my score but I feel so bad the whole day as we just lost our king in Thailand. He’s the best of the kings, I just felt so bad when I played. I just tried to focus on my shots and tried to put on a score. I was thinking of him all the day. I thought of him so much,” said Sutijet.
“I just aimed for fairways and greens. Didn’t really think too much about golf. A lot of the Thai players couldn’t sleep last night. We are all feeling very bad.”
Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand
Players wore black ribbons while flags at the venue were at half-mast as a mark of respect following the passing of the King Bhumibol on Thursday night. Play was stopped for one minute at noon as players and officials observed a minute’s silence.
Another Thai, Pavit Thangkamolpreasert, shot a 67 to lie two shots off the pace but like Sutijet, he was also mourning the passing of Thailand’s longest serving King.
“It was a pretty shocking news. I couldn’t sleep last night. I kept thinking about his majesty and all I could do was pray about him. I think he helped me today with some luck. All Thai players wore black,” he said.