Teriffic Thitiphun

Sat 08 Dec 2012

Teriffic Thitiphun


Chonburi, Thailand, December 8: Thai youngster Thitiphun Chuayprakong birdied one of his last two holes to complete his second round in five-under-par 67 for sole second place at the US$1 million Thailand Golf Championship on Saturday morning.

The 20-year-old underlined his growing credentials at the Amata Spring Country Club where he will play the third round in the final group with halfway leader Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, who completed his second round in 65 on Friday evening.

Sweden’s Daniel Chopra, who also managed to complete his second round in 67 on Friday before failing light forced the suspension of play, is in third place, four behind the 2011 Masters Tournament champion.

All eyes will be on Thitiphun, who has produced some eye-catching performances this year to be ranked 44th on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit. He finished tied third at the Venetian Macau Open in October and has earned enough money to win a full Tour card for 2013.

Thitiphun rifled a four iron approach into the eighth hole upon resumption of play this morning to five feet for a birdie and agonizingly missed a 12-foot attempt at his last hole on nine when his ball hung by the lip of the cup.

“I’m feeling good. My aim this morning was to make two pars but I got one birdie instead with a good shot on eight. It almost went in on nine but never mind,” he said.

“I’m so excited to be in the last group in the third round. I’m feeling good about my game and I’m looking forward to it.”

Nicknamed “Totem” by his friends which means slow as he likes to take things slow and easy, Thitiphun knows he must concentrate well playing alongside Schwartzel, who finished runner-up at Amata Spring last year.

“There will be a lot of pressure as I’m playing at home. I must concentrate hard on my own game,” said Thitiphun.

He previously found the demanding Amata Spring course tough to handle, saying it was too long for him but after rounds of 66 and 67 where he is bogey-free in 36 holes, he has changed his mind.

“Before this, I never liked Amata Spring as it was too hard but I think I like it now.”

The halfway cut was set at one over par 145 with 71 players progressing into the last two rounds.