Sadom Kaewkanjana provided some unexpected home-turf razzle-dazzle on day two of the Blue Canyon Phuket Championship, hitting an eight-under-par 64.
The 23-year-old, ranked 328th in the world, marched up the leaderboard, hitting eight birdies and claiming a one-shot clubhouse lead over America’s John Catlin.
“Initially this week I was just focusing on making the cut, but I am changing my game plan for tomorrow and looking to go further,” Kaewkanjana said.
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The wet conditions and preferred lies rule meant Kaewkanjana’s second-round effort does not count towards equalling Australian legend Greg Norman’s course record of 64 in the 1994 Johnnie Walker Classic.
Catlin looked strong earlier, hitting a four-under-par 68 and was clubhouse leader on day one following a first-round 65, seven-under-par result.
“I played well today but need to go to the range and work on a few things,” Catlin said.
The $1-million tournament on the popular holiday island of Phuket marks the first tour tee-off since a 20-month pandemic disruption.
Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang, who had a bogey-free round of 68, and American Sihwan Kim, who hit 66, are tying in third place overall.
“I didn’t putt as well as I did yesterday … The greens seem to be faster this morning,” Chan said.
The Blue Canyon event comes weeks after Norman announced a new series of 10 events from 2022, backed by $200-million of Saudi money.
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