Oct 26, 2018: Young Thai talent Suradit Yongcharoenchai maintained his overnight one-shot lead after signing for a bogey-free five-under-par 67 at the halfway stage of the US$400,000 Panasonic Open India on Friday. Ajeetesh Sandhu shot similar five-under-par 67 and lying in second place.
Suradit, who opened his campaign with a solid 66, returned with a flawless round highlighted by five birdies to sit atop the leaderboard on 11-under-par 133 total at the venerable Delhi Golf Club’s par-72 course measuring 6,935 yards.
Suradit is chasing for his maiden victory on the region’s premier Tour. Prior to this week, he has claimed two top-five finishes, including a joint runner-up result in India two months ago, to sit in 40th place on the Asian Tour Habitat for Humanity Standings. He turns 20 on Sunday.
Playing partners Ajeetesh Sandhu of India and Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand matched Suradit’s efforts of the day with matching 67s to lie one and two shots back in second and third place respectively.
Indian veteran Jeev Milkha Singh rolled back the years by carding a bogey-free 68 to share fourth place with countryman M Dharma (67) on 137 at the popular event, which is celebrating its eighth consecutive edition on the Asian Tour this week.
The Panasonic Open India is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) and is the second leg of the 2018/19 Panasonic Swing, which is an aggregate points race that spans five events – in Thailand, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan.