Thongchai One Back in South Africa

Sat 12 Jan 2013

Thongchai One Back in South Africa

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January 12: Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee stayed in the title hunt at the Volvo Golf Champions tournament by shooting a four-under-par 68 in the second round to trail leader Louis Oosthuizen by one at the halfway stage on Friday.
Thongchai, a three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, led overnight with a 65 and added a solid card at the Durban Golf Club, shooting an eagle, three birdies and one bogey.
Oosthuizen charged to the top of the leaderboard with a superb 64.
Thongchai said: “I hit a lot of greens today, just a couple of holes missed the putts. In two days I’ve really enjoyed my golf here and look forward to the next two rounds.”
A win in South Africa would give him a good shot of qualifying for the Masters Tournament in April, following news that countryman Thaworn Wiratchant received a special invitation from Augusta National on Friday to compete in the year’s opening Major.
Thongchai is currently 79th in the world and a win on Sunday could potentially move him into the top-50 which is required for players to qualify for the Masters.
India’s Jeev Milkha Singh, meanwhile, carded a 70 to move to tied fourth place, seven shots back of the leader while Jbe Kruger of South Africa was down the leaderboard in the 32-man field with his two-day total of 148.