March 11: Black Mountain sponsored star Pelle Edberg of Sweden will head into the weekend rounds of the True Thailand Classic in pole position after he carded a sparkling second round five-under-par 67 on Friday.
Edberg, who started the day in second place, made his move quickly when he ran out in 33 in the morning.
He mixed two bogeys and a birdie in his next five holes after the turn but would storm home with three birdies in his closing four holes for a two-day total of 12-under-par 132 at the Black Mountain Golf Club.
“I’m more satisfied with the result today than yesterday. I was playing extremely good yesterday but today I played well but not as good. it was a strong finish. Three putted the last unfortunately for a par. Overall it was a good day,” said Edberg.
Edberg did not want to get ahead of himself as he chases for his maiden win at the True Thailand Classic presented by Chang.
He will also have to contend with a fast charging Scott Hend who equalled the course record of 64 after the Australian battled his way to the top in the afternoon to share the lead with Edberg.
“I think we have to talk about this on Sunday. But yeah, of course, it feels nice to see your name up there. It gets easier as well but on the other hand, I hope I’m not as nervous tomorrow as I was on Thursday,” said the Swede.
Scotland’s Simon Yates also ensured a strong Black Mountain presence on the leaderboard when he returned with a 68 to trail Edberg and Hends by three shots in tied0-fourth place at the US$1.75 million event which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Yates, who lives in Hua Hin, drew on his wealth of local knowledge which he admitted has given him the edge.
The 45 year old made five birdies and a bogey in his second round and revealed following his 68 that he had borrowed a putter off course owner Stig Notlöv.
“I have a new driver which has been great and that has made a big difference this week. The other club that is working well is the putter that the owner of Black Mountain gave me last week to try and has been great as well,” said Yates.
Prom Meesawat and Thongchai Jaidee are bunched in 16th place on 138 total while Rikard Karlberg and Johan Edfors slipped to a share of 32nd place after carding identical 71s for a 140 total.
Berry Henson and Jazz Janewattananond will miss the weekend action after missing the cut which was set at two-under-par.