The Irish Times

Kaymer within two shots of Donaldson at Amata Springs

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Martin Kaymer fired a round-of-the-day 65 to move within two shots of leader Jamie Donaldson at the halfway stage of the Thailand Golf Championsh­ip.

The German posted eight birdies in sweltering conditions at Amata Springs Country Club, where Sergio Garcia, Matt Fitzpatric­k and European Tour Rookie of the Year Byeong Hun An all stayed in contention.

Kaymer, looking for his first win since last year’s US Open, posted back-to-back birdies from the 11th before bouncing back from his sole blemish at the 14th after finding the rough with a gain at the par-four 18th.

The world No 27 picked up three shots in as many holes from the second and added two further gains to sit in a strong position heading in to the weekend.

Last week’s Ho Tram Open champion Sergio Garcia opened with back-to-back birdies on his way to a three-under 69 to sit in a tie for third, with Fitzpatric­k alongside him after a birdie-filled finish to his second round 67.BMW PGA winner Byeong Hun An lies five shots back as he chases a second victory of the year.

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