Jakraphan wrests share of lead in Karachi

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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.

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