KOH SAMUI: Thai rookie Poom Saksansin brilliantly stayed bogey-free for the second straight day at the Queen’s Cup as a four-under 67 gave him a two-shot halfway lead over Korea’s Baek Seuk-hyun.
The 21-year-old former amateur star produced some breathtaking golf at the Santiburi Samui Country Club on Friday as he fired four birdies, including a 30-foot stunner on the third hole, to edge towards a surprise victory in the US$300,000 (RM964,000) Asian Tour event with his two-day total of nine-under 133.
Bangkok-based Seuk-hyun sank eight birdies en route to the day’s joint best of 66 to move into contention for a first victory on the region’s premier Tour while another Thai newcomer, Donlaphatchai Niyomchon, shot a 68 to lie three shots back in the prestigious event.
Former champion Chinnarat Phadungsil and EurAsia Cup star Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh will enter the weekend rounds five off the pace in tied fourth place following matching 70s while two-time Asian Tour No. 1 Thaworn Wiratchant (68), Chapchai Nirat (67) and Singaporean newcomer Choo Tze Huang (72) are tied sixth on 139.
“Sometimes, I miss some shots but I’ve been lucky. Today, I got up and down six times for pars, some from the fringe,” said Poom, who needed only 26 putts for the second straight day.