Date: August 10, 2012
Author: Omnisport

McKenzie within two in Thailand

Australian golfer David McKenzie is just two shots off the lead at the halfway mark of the Thailand Open. McKenzie fired a second round of six-under 66 to be 13-under overall and in a tie for third place behind Thailand&aposs Prom Meesawat. Meesawat carded a nine-under 63 to surge to a one-shot lead at 15-under for the tournament and is in pole position to emulate the feat of his father Suthep, who in 1991 became the first of only two Thais to win their national Open championship. “I am very happy. Everything has been great for the first two rounds,” Meesawat said. “I can&apost complain it&aposs been the best two rounds I have ever had at the Thailand Open.” Meesawat leads by a stroke from compatriot Wisut Artjanawat and two ahead of England&aposs Chris Wood, Chan Shih-chang of Taiwan and McKenzie. Artjanawat shot an eight-under 64 to jump up the leaderboard, while McKenzie also moved up courtesy of his 66. McKenzie&aposs second round included an eagle on the 14th and six birdies, but was hurt by bogeys on the 10th and 18th. Fellow Australian Rohan Blizard is in touch at 12-under, while Scott Strange (-8), Brent McCullough (-8), Stephen Dartnall (-8), Nick Cullen (-7) and Stephen Leaney (-7) are also in contention. Overnight leaders Yasunori Yoshida and Kim Hyung-tae followed their opening 64s with second rounds of 72 sand 73 respectively, while defending champion Andre Stolz of Australia – who won the OneAsia Order of Merit title last year – just made the cut at four-under.