Thitiphun steals show #ShinhanDonghaeOpen

Fri 30 Sep 2016

Thitiphun steals show #ShinhanDonghaeOpen

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Incheon, Korea, September 30: Thailand’s Thitiphun Chuayprakong stole the morning limelight when he fired a sizzling seven-under-par 64 to snatch the second round clubhouse lead at the KRW 1.2 billion (approximately US$1 million) Shinhan Donghae Open on Friday.
Korea’s Taewoo Kim matched his opening day’s 66 to stay one shot back of Thitiphun with his two-day total of 10-under-par 132 while Qualifying School graduate Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe also made his presence felt at the Korean showpiece with a 64.
India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar also found form again with a 66 to stay in contention at the Shinhan Donghae Open which is seeing the return of the Asian Tour as its new sanctioning partner along with the Korean PGA.
Thitiphun, who broke into prominence with his win in Bangladesh earlier this year, continued to impress with another commanding performance, helped no less by his astute tee shots.
“My tee shots were good and that made things a lot easier. I believe I’ve a good chance this week.
“But there are still two more rounds to go and I don’t really want to put too much pressure on myself yet,” said the Thai.
While much of the attention was on the top ranked players that included Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee, Korea’s K.T. Kim this week, Vincent was happy his anonymity played a significant role in his good showing at the Bears Best Cheongna Golf Club.
‘It’s nice coming here where no one really knows who you are and you have no expectations. I’m just playing my own game and so far it has been great.
“If I keep this up, hopefully I’ll move in the same directions as those top guys,” said the rookie.
Bhullar was meanwhile pleased with his good form which he felt could not have come at a better time.
“I was in the tournament winner’s category for the last six years and it’s important to get back into the winner’s circle again. You go through up and down in golf. I’ve been working hard on my game and I’m hopeful for the win to happen again.
“I’ve been striking the ball really well the past two months. I hit about 15 greens in regulation yesterday and today I did pretty much the same. I’ve been giving myself lots of birdie opportunities. I made seven birdies today out of which five came within three feet of the pin. The goal is to repeat what I’ve done the first 36 holes,” said the five-time Asian Tour winner.
Sponsored by the Shinhan Financial Group for the past 32 years, the Shinhan Donghae Open last featured on the Asian Tour schedule in 2002 and will be the last major tournament on the KPGA schedule.
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