Chan Shih-chang fights for first place in Blue Canyon


  • Editor-in-chief, with AFP, BANGKOK

Taiwanese Chan Shih-chang placed two strokes behind the leader yesterday at the end of the second round of the Blue Canyon Phuket Championship, as the Asian Tour of Golf returned after a 20-month hiatus imposed by the COVID pandemic. 19.

Chan, who was tied for second with a 66 under par at the end of the first round on Thursday, held on with a 68 under in the second as Thailand’s Sadom Kaewkanjana blew up an eight under par. . by 64 to place it at the top of the table.

John Catlin of the US, who led with just one shot past Chan in the first round, was second after shooting an under-68 four.

Photo: AFP / Asian Tour / Paul Lakatos

Chan’s four birdies in the second round match well with the six he drew on Thursday to leave him tied for third with a 10 under par alongside Sihwan Kim of the United States.

Chan, 35, arrived in Phuket on a streak, earning four victories on the Taiwanese domestic tour.

“It’s been so long since we last came to play. I am really excited this week. I played well at home and the competitions kept my game in shape, ”said Chan, who won the Asian Tour twice in 2016.

His compatriot Chang Wei-lun was tied for 10th after shooting a 68 to four under par in the second round. He had five birdies but had a bogey on the 11th hole.

The US $ 1 million tournament on the idyllic holiday island of Phuket saw the first hits played on the Tour since the Malaysian Open in March of last year. The tournament ends tomorrow.

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