Thongchai and Jimenez share same fortunes in Doral

Sat 08 Mar 2014

Thongchai and Jimenez share same fortunes in Doral

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March 8: Playing team captains, Thongchai Jaidee and Miguel Angel Jimenez of the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM set to tee off later this month, shared similar fortunes when they stayed four shots behind the second round leaders at the WGC-Callidac Championship on Friday.
Thongchai, who will spearhead Team Asia’s challenge against Europe led by the Spaniard in Malaysia, carded a two-over-par 74 in a round which was marked by four birdies, four bogeys and a double-bogey.
A first round 72 meant that the decorated Thai will head into the weekend rounds with a two-day total of three-over-par 147 in tied-17th place alongside Jimenez, South Africa’s Richard Sterne and former champion Nick Watney of the United States.
The Americans showed their dominance with Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kucher and Hunter Mahan sitting atop the leaderboard after compiling matching 143s.
Thongchai delighted the galleries at Blue Mountain, Trump National Doral when his tee shot on the par-three 15 landed within three feet of the pin where he would easily putt for a birdie. The three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner will have to reproduce similar form to reduce his four-shot deficit and power his way back into contention.
Australia’s Scott Hend, a five-time Asian Tour winner, signed for a 76 to take a share of 21st place on 148 while reigning merit champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand had a day to forget when he carded a 82 to end the day in 64th place.
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