Thailand’s Supakorn Utaipat continued his dream run at the US$500,000 King’s Cup when he signed for a five-under-par 67 to take the second- round lead yesterday.
The 22-year-old compiled a two-day total of 13-under-par 131 to take a two-shot advantage over the chasing pack heading into the weekend rounds. Singapore’s Mardan Mamat carded a 70 to take a share of second place alongside England’s Chris Rodgers and defending champion Udorn Duangdecha of Thailand at the Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club in northeast Thailand.
Taiwan’s Chiang Chen-chih made one of the biggest moves with an impressive 64 to take a share of fifth place with compatriot Lin Wen-tang, Australian Wade Ormsby, the Philippines’ Elmer Salvador, as well as Thailand’s Boonchu Ruangkit and Prom Meesawat at the King’s Cup, which is the third last event on this year’s Asian Tour schedule.
Taiwan’s Lin Wen-hong hit a 69, while Chang Tse-peng carded a 70.
Supakorn was delighted with his lead, but admitted feeling the pressure ahead of the weekend rounds.
“This is only my second start on the Asian Tour and honestly I’m feeling nervous as I’ve never been in this position before,” Supakorn said.
After enjoying one of his best starts on the Asian Tour with an opening 63, Mardan continued his charge toward his fourth Tour title even though he could not match his first round heroics.
Additional reporting by staff writer