Miguel Angel Jiménez takes over at the top of the True Thailand Classic at Black Mountain Golf Club.
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Miguel posted a second round -6 under par 66 to lead the True Thailand Classic by one shot with a -11 under par total.
Miguel is already a winner on the Champions Tour this year, and is now hoping to extend his own record as The European Tour’s oldest winner. A title he took possession of when he triumphed as a 50-year-old in last year’s Open de España. He was very happy with his putting, but hopes to recover from the flu, which is interrupting his sleep;
“I’m very happy, I am disappointed to make bogey on the last but overall I played very solid and made a lot of birdies.”
“I was hitting shots right at the flags today. You need to be in the right places on the greens to put the ball on the right side of the hole, because the putts are very fast, I like it.”
“I have the flu and I’m very bunged up and slept terribly last night, but apart from that I’m fine.”
Local favourite Kiradech Aphibarnrat had a -5 under par 67, which moved him up into second place on his own at -10 under par.
Kiradech likes Miguel and said it will be hard to beat him, even though the man is twice his age;
“We’ve been playing a lot in Europe last year and he’s a really nice guy.”
“But it’s not easy to beat an old guy like him! He hits the ball very far and is striking it very well. He’s a world-class player in my eyes.”
There is a trio of players at -9 under par occupying third place, Scott Hend, Richard T Lee and Thongchai Jaidee.
Scott had a -4 under par round while Richard recorded a -5 under par. Thongchai carded the same -6 under par 66 as the leader, and said it could have been better, he missed a few short putts
“I hit a lot of good shots but missed a few short putts. I missed from three feet three times, but otherwise I played great today and hit the ball very well.”
“It should’ve been more than six under today; sometimes you lose your confidence with the putter and the greens are very tricky here, a lot of guys are struggling.”
“But it’s great to be playing at home in Thailand and I’m performing well. I’m two behind so that’s not too bad, I’ll be trying to catch up tomorrow.”
Overnight leader Michael Hoey could only follow his course record of 64 on day one with a level par 72 second round and slipped into a share of sixth place.
Shot of the day came from Thai Panuphol Pittayarat, he carded an ace on the 192 yard par three 14th, which earned him a new house;
“I’m still shaking after finishing 18 holes.”
“It’s the second time I got a hole-in-one in my career.”
“All I got the first time was two shots, but this time I really got something! I’ve seen the pictures of the house every day since I arrived here, and now it’s mine.”