PATTAYA, Thailand — Thailand's Prom Meesawat shot a career-best 10-under-par 62, capped by a hole-in-one, to storm into the halfway lead at the Singha Pattaya Open on Friday.
Prom, one of the brightest prospects in Asian golf before his game deserted him a few years ago, is 12 under at 132, two ahead of countryman Thammanoon Sriroj who shot his second straight 67 at Burapha Golf Club.
Kwanchai Tannin is a further stroke behind after a 68 with first round leader Atiwit Janewattananond (70), Atthaphon Prathummanee (67) and Indonesia's Rory Hie (66) in joint fourth on eight-under 136.
Prom, who won the title in 2006, started quickly with three straight birdies and finished the front nine with an ace sandwiched in between two birdies. He was out in 29 and carded three more birdies on the back nine.
"That is my best tournament round and I am delighted with the way I played. Everything just clicked today," said the 26-year-old.
"The highlight was my hole in one at the eighth. I had 181 yards into the wind and hit a six iron.
"I heard the ball hit the flagstick but did not know it had gone into the hole until people behind the green started jumping up and down. They told me it was a slum dunk, straight in."
Thammanoon admitted after his bogey-free 67 that he would have to drive the ball straighter to have any hope of catching Prom.
"My iron play, chipping and putting was good but I did not drive the ball well," said Thammanoon, who chipped in from 10 yards at the second for birdie. "I only hit five fairways today. I will need to improve my driving if I am to win."
Leading second round scores (Thai unless stated):
132 - Prom Meesawat 70-62
134 - Thammanoon Sriroj 67-67
135 - Kwanchai Tannin 67-68
136 - Atiwit Janewattananond 66-70, Atthaphon Prathummanee 69-67, Rory Hie (INA) 70-66
137 - Udorn Duangdecha 70-67
139 - Varit Chomchalam 69-70, Jakkapong Juntavara 73-66, Corey Harris (USA) 68-71 140 - Pongthep Jaewchumnanchao 69-71
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