Thanyakon sets early pace with a 65

Fri 14 Nov 2014

Thanyakon sets early pace with a 65

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Chiangmai, Thailand, November 14: Local talent Thanyakon Khrongpha signed for a superb seven-under-par 65 to set the clubhouse target in the on-going second round of the Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT on Friday.
The 24-year-old Thai rolled in a 15-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole to lead by three shots over Scott Barr of Australia on 10-under-par 134 at the US$750,000 Asian Tour event.
Major champion Jason Dufner of the United States moved into contention after signing for a second straight 69 to share third place with Korea’s Mo Joong-kyung (69) and overnight co-leader George Gandranata of Indonesia, who posted a 72.
Thanyakon, who won on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) in 2010, hit all 14 fairways and took advantage of his sharp shooting game to charge up the leaderboard.
“I am very happy with how I played today. It exceeded my expectations. I had targeted to hit about 10 fairways but I hit 14 instead. I guess that gave me an advantage. It makes it easier for me to score as well.
“I feel very excited to be in the lead but I won’t give myself any pressure. I hope I can continue my good form. The greens are very tricky here. It’s hard to read the lines. I think I should be fine if I can continue to keep the ball on the fairways,” said the 24-year-old Thai, who marked his card with one eagle and six birdies against a lone bogey.
The lanky Thanyakon was delighted to regain some good form after struggling with his swing earlier in the year.
“I’ve had some problems with my swing and I struggled with my mental game but I managed to fix the problems now. I’m glad the efforts paid off today. I am hoping to finish in top-60 on the Order of Merit to keep my card for next year,” added Thanyakon.
Scott Barr of Australia Scott Barr of Australia
Barr credited a hot putter for a solid round which kept him on track for a maiden victory on the Asian Tour.
“I found some form with the putter which is really helping. Swing wise, I’m hitting it a little better, in fact I’m hitting it really good and giving myself chances. I made some small adjustments in my game earlier in the week and it seems to be working well,” said the Australian.
It will be a big week for Barr this week, who is currently placed 49th on the Order of Merit. He needs to finish inside the top-60 at the end of the season to retains his Tour card for the new season.
“I’ve been through a bad run so it is nice to see my name on the leaderboard. I’ve played well in the past and I knew my game would come back. It was just a case of putting it together. Obviously we are only halfway through this tournament. I had other things in my mind like keeping my Asian Tour card,” said Barr.
The Chiangmai Golf Classic is supported by PTT Public Company Ltd, Advanced Info Service Plc, Toyota Motor Thailand Co.,Ltd., Siam Commercial Bank PCL, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Provincial Government of Chiangmai, Chiangmai Provincial Administrative Organisation, The Northern Golf Resort Association, Alpine Golf Resort Chiangmai, Thai Beverage Public Company Limited, Italian-Thai Development PLC, Advanced Information Technology Public Company Ltd, Sport Authority of Thailand, CAT Telecom Public Company Ltd, TOT Public Company Ltd,  Fenix Apparel and Accessories Co. Ltd., Ricoh (Thailand) Limited, Diageo Moet Hennessy Thailand, Panasonic Siew Sales (Thailand) Co. Ltd., Jebsen & Jebsen Technology, Hytera Communications Corporation Limited, Oakley, Furama Chiangmai and Standard Tour Co.,Ltd.
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