Thongchai moves to T4 in Dubai

Sat 21 Nov 2015

Thongchai moves to T4 in Dubai

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Dubai, November 20: Asian Tour players had a good second day at the DP World Tour Championship with Thai legend Thongchai Jaidee leading the way with a superb five-under-par 67 that put him in contention for the season-ending US$8 million European Tour event.
Thongchai, who opened with a 69 on the first day, is eight-under-par 136 over two days and lies four shots behind leader Andy Sullivan, who followed his first round 66 with another identical figure and leads on 132.
While Thongchai even held sole lead at one stage, countryman Kiradech Aphinbarnrat added to his growing reputation with a superb 65 that carried him to 136 and tied 13th place.
Also tied 13th was Marcus Fraser, the overnight co-leader as he slipped back on the second day with a 72.
Korean Byeonghun An (68), who is a contender to qualify for Team Asia for the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB—HICOM in Malaysia in January, was also in great position equal 13th position after a 68 that included a double bogey on 14th hole. He made up for it with an eagle on 18.
Anirban Lahiri of India, the current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader, made a superb comeback after a first round 73 with a 67 leaving him in a share of 23rd position.
Thongchai was delighted to be in the hunt for his second win of the sason. “No complaints. I played well; played great yesterday and today. I hit 17 greens yesterday, 16 greens today. The golf course is absolutely perfect. Greens are very, very smooth. I was confident with my putting.”
Kiradech, who was one-over after the first round, had six birdies in a stretch of seven holes, sandwiched between bogeys on first and ninth. On the back nine, he had four more birdies but dropped a shot on 14. He closed with two fine birdies for a round of 65 that had 10 birdies and three bogeys.
He revealed that some good Thai food and rice, brought in by some local friends, helped him to keep up energy levels at the end of a long season. “It’s been a good day. Feeling so great right now, after I saw the score and was leading, but it's only two days. I am striking the ball much better than the first round, especially putting from the greens, adjust to the speed much better than yesterday. So I made a lot of birdies, ten birdies.”
Lahiri said:  “Even yesterday there was no dent in confidence but it is nice to see results on the board, and I am happy to be in red figures again. I got into my rhythm today and I played pretty good and could even have been a couple of shots better. I had a shaky start but I made very good pars on the third and fourth holes.”