Jakraphan wrests share of lead in Karachi
Jakraphan Premsirigorn shook off his wrist injury and carded a fourunder-par 68 to grab a share of the lead at the UMA CNS Open Golf Championship yesterday.
The 26-year-old Jakraphan played flawlessly over his opening nine holes highlighted by four birdies before cruising to a seven-under-par 137 total at the historic Karachi Golf Club.
“It feels great to be in this position, especially so after coming back from my wrist injury. I was out for four months after getting my Tour card. I missed all my cuts this year because I wasn’t ready, but now I’m 80, or even 100 per cent,” Jakraphan said.
“I’ve putted well today. If you miss your tee shot here, you’ll get problems. I was flawless over the first nine and I thought I played well in the second nine, just that the putts didn’t go in.
“I’m going to focus and have fun with the Thai players who will also be on my flight.”
Joining him at the pinnacle of a Thai-dominated leaderboard are compatriots Suradit Yongcharoenchai and Namchok Tantipokhakul.
Suradit’s hunt for his maiden Asian Tour title is on track. After a starting his day with a string of pars, his round kickstarted after sinking three-consecutive birdies from holes seven to nine. Suradit made two more birdies and a lone bogey before signing for a 68.
Namchok’s driving woes continue in the second round as he has only hit half seven out of 14 fairways. He wasn’t able to rely on his putts today but was still able to card a 70 to finish tied-first at the halfway stage of the US$300,000 event.
Pawin Ingkhapradit of Thailand and Pakistan’s Mohamed Munir are in tied-fourth after carding 70 and 69 respectively.
Another Thai, Tirawat Kawesiribandit, is in lone sixth after ending his day with a 69.
Eight players, including Singaporeans Mitchell Slorach and Koh Deng Shan, as well as Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman are in tied-eight.
Danny Masrin of Indonesia carded a flawless 66, the lowest score of the morning session. He was able to sustain his forward momentum throughout the entire day after a challenging par save at the start of his round on 10th.
The cut line was set at four-over-par and 74 players will progress to the weekend rounds.
LEADING ROUND 2 SCORES
137 - Suradit Yongcharoenchai (THA) 69-68, Jakraphan Premsirigorn (THA) 69-68, Namchok Tantipokhakul (THA) 67-70.
138 - Pawin Ingkhapradit (THA) 68-70, Mohamed Munir (PAK) 69-69.
140 - Tirawat Kaewsiribandit (THA) 71-69.
141 - Mitchell Slorach (SIN) 72-69, Siddikur Rahman (BAN) 71-70, Koh Deng Shan (SIN) 70-71, Ahmad Baig (PAK) 67-74, Mohamed Shabbir (PAK) 68-73, Settee Prakongvech (THA) 72-69, Suttijet Kooratanapisan (THA) 71-70, James Ryan Lam (PHI) 68-73.
142 - Honey Baisoya (IND) 6874, Matloob Ahmed (PAK) 72-70, M. Safdar Khan (PAK) 73-69, Peradol Panyathanasedh (THA) 76-66, Aman Raj (IND) 75-67, Dilshad Ali (PAK) 70-72.
143 - Piya Swangarunporn (THA) 71-72, Pasavee Lertvilai (THA) 73-70, Danny Masrin (INA) 77-66, Liu Yanwei (CHN) 74-69, Mohamed Naeem (PAK) 71-72, Gregory Foo (SIN) 73-70, Nirun Sae-Ueng (THA) 70-73, Manuel Trappel (AUT) 72-71.
Suradit Yongcharoenchai of Thailand is tied at the top.