Closing eagle keeps Supravee three shots clearNovember 19, 2014
Supravee Phatam maintained his three-shot lead at the halfway mark of the US$60,000 Borobudur Classic today after shooting an even-par 72.
The young Thai golfer made an eagle on the par-five final hole at Borobudur Golf Club to put himself in a strong position in the penultimate event of the 2014/2015 season on the ASEAN PGA Tour.
His countryman Wisut Artjanawat, the ASEAN PGA’s most decorated golfer, stormed through with a 66 to sit in second place.
Thais are dominating the leaderboard as Pijit Petchkasem (67), Annop Tangkamolprasert (69), and Tanatchan Puaktes (68) are tied for third a stroke further back along with one of Indonesia’s top professionals Andik Mauluddin (70) and amateur Jo Seik (70).
The golf club is located just 20 minutes from Borobudur Temple, which is the world’s largest Buddhist temple, and Supravee certainly finished his round with divine intervention.
He struggled on the front nine and made the turn in three-over-par 33 as the result of a double bogey on five and a bogey on the eighth.
He later proceeded to birdie 13, bogey the next, follow that with back-to-back birdies before a bogey on the 17th. He then recovered once again with a much needed three on 18.
“That was certainly an up and down round. I had to work really hard all the way,” said Supravee, who is looking for his first win on the ASEAN PGA Tour.
“I could not get into my rhythm and had to battle really hard. I am really happy with the way I held it together and finished strongly.”
Supravee is on seven-under-par 137.
Wisut has triumphed five times on the ASEAN PGA Tour, the most recent in January’s Sabah Masters.
He also claimed the Order of Merit title in 2011 and will be the hot favourite over the remaining two days.
“It is nice to be back in contention. It hasn’t been a very good year for me and after my first round 74 it looked like it may be a bad week. I played well today and importantly kept the ball out of trouble. You have to do that on this course as you can shoot big scores and some holes like I did on day one,” said Wisut.
Thailand’s Pasamet Pogamnerd shot a 75 and is six off the lead in a tie for eighth.
Leading second round scores - Par 72 (full scores here):
137 - Supravee PHATAM (THA) 65 72