Thongchai steps up a gear with a 68

Fri 01 Nov 2013

Thongchai steps up a gear with a 68

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Shanghai, November 1: Three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand showed why he can never be written off when he made up for his disappointing opening performance with a second round four-under-par 68  at the WGC-HSBC Champions on Friday.
The decorated Thai ace, who holds 13 victories on the region’s premier Tour, struggled with a first round 76 at the Sheshan International Golf Club.
However, he ensured he would find his way back into contention at the US$8.5million Shanghai showpiece by mixing his card with six birdies against two bogeys for a two-day total of even-par 144.
“It was a bad round yesterday and I had to get it out of my mind quickly. My ball striking and putting made all the difference today,” said Thongchai.
“I holed lots of putts and only three-putted once today. I managed to find most of the fairways and overall I’m happy that I managed to make a good comeback,” added the 43-year-old.
While Thongchai was left to soak in the positives, compatriot Kiradech Aphibarnrat had a day to forget when he slumped to a 78.
The current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader started the day four shots back of first round leader Rory McIlroy but found himself staring at a disastrous card that was marked with two birdies, six bogeys and one double-bogey.
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