Wang and Thongchai lead in France

Sat 02 Jul 2016

Wang and Thongchai lead in France

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July 2:  Korea’s Jeunghun Wang and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee ensured a strong Asian presence atop the leaderboard after they grabbed a share of the second round lead at the Open de France on Friday.
Wang returned with a five-under-par 66 while Thongchai signed for a 70 to head into the weekend in prime position alongside world number four Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, South Africa’s Brandon Stone and Finland’s Mikko Ilonen at the European Tour event.
Wang, who enjoyed two back-to-back victories in Morocco and Mauritius in May, is slowly adapting to the playing conditions in Europe and his efforts showed when he marked his card with six birdies and a bogey for a two-day total of five-under-par 137.
Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand
"After I came to Europe, it was quite hard for me. The weather is cold and so dry. The rough is pretty hard for me so I have a lot of missed cuts. But finally I played well this week.
"I had a lot of mistakes in the first round but I had a great recovery today. It's really a great round today. I love my score very much. I love my position,” said Wang.
Thongchai meanwhile followed up his opening 67 with a 70 courtesy of a birdie on his final hole.
"I'm very happy with one under par today. The conditions were tough. Even on the front nine the pin positions were tough. The course set-up is very tough this year. Luckily the greens are softer than normal. That's okay but the windy conditions affected the course a lot. A couple of holes it is going to be difficult to have control.
“Even the fairways are very difficult and that's why we're very happy to be one under par today. I hit my irons well but not many greens. A lot of up-and-downs. It's a good challenge. Five under par for Saturday and Sunday, I'm going to try and do my work again tomorrow," said the three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit champion.
Australia’s Scott Hend, who has already won twice in Thailand this season, carded a 69 for a share of 25th place.
At the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Korea’s Younghan Song posted another 70 for a share of 10th place while India’s Anirban Lahiri slipped to tied-22nd place after signing for a 74.
The reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner is six shots back of world number one Jason Day who leads on 136.
Ends.