SEOUL: Kim Dae-hyun stayed on track for his second straight OneAsia title after scoring a course record-equalling 64 to secure the second-round lead at the SK Telecom Open yesterday.
The big-hitting 22-year-old South Korean moved to 14-under after bagging eight birdies in another bogey-free round on the Ocean Course at the Sky 72 Golf Club, near Seoul.
Bae Sang-moon shot a bogey-free 65 to lie three shots behind his compatriot and good friend as the 23-year-old seeks to regain the title he won in 2007.
K.J. Choi, seeking a fourth SK Telecom Open title, was also bogey-free with a 66 that put the seven-time PGA Tour winner eight-under and sharing third spot with Australian Andrew Tschudin, who carded a second straight 68.
Scotland’s Simon Yates (69) is seven-under with Korean Lee Yong-hun (68).
Dae-hyun, the Korean Tour’s longest hitter, birdied his opener on hole 10 and picked up further shots on the 12th, 16th and 17th holes.
The player nicknamed “Bigfoot” then continued the form that earned him the GS Caltex Maekyung Open title earlier this month with a hat-trick of birdies from holes four to six and struck his approach at the par-four ninth to two feet for birdie number eight.
“My putting was especially good and I’m happy to have no bogeys for the second consecutive day,” said the soft-spoken Dae-hyun.
“It will be fun playing with Sang-moon as we’ve played together a lot before. I won’t feel any pressure.”
Sang-moon, who played with Choi, is determined to regain the title he won three years ago and remained as confident as ever.
“I’m not as angry as I was yesterday. My putting was much better, so I’m happy,” added Sang-moon, who has won the Korean Tour Order of Merit for the past two years.
“K.J. is a fantastic player, so it was great to play with him for two rounds.
“I’m confident, I like this course and I think I have a good chance this weekend.”
Choi again attracted the biggest crowds as he goes in search of his fourth title following wins in 2003, 2005 and 2008, when he shot a course-record 64 at the Ocean Course.
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