Thailand’s Sadom Kaewkanjana caused unexpected home game razzle dazzles on day two of the Blue Canyon Phuket Championship on Friday and achieved an 8 under par 64.
The 23-year-old, who is ranked 328 in the world, marched up the leaderboard, hit eight birdies and took a one-shot clubhouse lead over American John Catlin.
“At first I only focused on making the cut this week, but I’m changing my schedule for tomorrow and want to continue,” said Kaewkanjana.
The wet conditions and the preferred rule of lies meant Kaewkanjana’s second-lap performance did not count towards breaking Australian legend Greg Norman’s course record of 64 at the 1994 Johnnie Walker Classic.
Catlin looked strong before, got four under par 68 and was the clubhouse leader on day one after a score of 65 in the first round, seven under par.
“I played well today but I have to go to the range and work on a few things,” said Catlin.
The $ 1 million tournament on the popular holiday island of Phuket marks the tour’s first tee-off since a 20-month pandemic hiatus.
Chinese Taipei Chan Shih-chang, who had a bogey-free lap of 68, and American Sihwan Kim, who reached 66, share third place overall.
“I didn’t putt as well as yesterday … the greens seem to be faster this morning,” said Chan.
The Blue Canyon event comes weeks after Norman announced a new series of 10 events starting in 2022, backed with $ 200 million in Saudi money.
Peak values after the second round of the Blue Canyon Phuket Championship (par 72):
132 – Sadom Kaewkanjana (THAI) 68-64
133 – John Catlin (USA) 65-68
134 – Chan Shih-chang (TPE) 66-68, Sihwan Kim (USA) 68-66
136 – Kim Joohyung (KOR) 69-67,
137 – Björn Hellgren (SWE) 69-69, Ben Leong (MYS) 69-68, Phachara Khongwatmai (THAI) 67-70, Ok Taehoon (KOR) 70-67.
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