Golf: Panuphol Pittayarat stays top at Laguna after carding 68 in round two
Published on May 2, 2014 7:16 PM
FOR the second straight day, Thai upstart Panuphol Pittayarat stood alone atop the leaderboard at The Championship at Laguna National.
The Bangkok native carded a four-under-par 68 on Friday for a two-round total of 131 and a one-stroke edge over a chasing pack that included Australian hard-hitter Scott Hend (65) and Chile's Felipe Aguilar (67).
The 21-year-old Pittayarat, who was nicknamed "Coconut" by his parents, said: "It's nice to be putting myself in a good position heading into the last two rounds. I'd rather stay up here than to be chasing the lead actually."
However, it was not a good day for Singapore No. 1 Mardan Mamat (71), who missed the cut by two shots. Quincy Quek (74) and Lam Chih Bing (67) were the only locals from a six-strong contingent to make it into weekend play at the $1.89 million event, which is co-sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours.
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