Udorn blazes to midway lead at Singha Hua Hin Open

Hua Hin, Thailand, May 6: Thai veteran Udorn Duangdecha stormed to the halfway lead in the Singha Hua Hin Open on Friday after shooting a stunning seven-under-par 64.

The 45 year old Udorn, a former winner on the ASEAN PGA Tour, has a two-round total of 10-under 132 and sits two strokes ahead of local hero Prom Meesawat who carded a second successive 67 at Royal Hua Hin Golf Club.

Unheralded Apisit Nimnual is a further shot behind after also shooting 67 with the evergreen Prayad Marksaeng, a multiple winner throughout Asia who topped the Order of Merit last season after two victories, staying in the hunt thanks to a three-under 68 that left him four strokes adrift of the leader.

Udorn, a colourful character with a Daly-esque fashion sense, blitzed the opening 10 holes in seven-under-par to catapult to the top of the leaderboard and stayed there with a birdie offset by a bogey in his final eight holes.

A winner at the Singha Esan Open on the ASEAN PGA Tour in 2011, Udorn birdied the first three holes and then reeled off four birdies in a row from the seventh to take control.

Prom, joint second with Prayad last year and runner up to schoolboy sensation Phachara Khongwatmai in 2013, had a quiet front nine with an opening birdie followed by eight straight pars but came alight with a blistering three-hole spell on the back nine shooting two birdies and an eagle from the 13th.

However, bogeys on the 12th and 17th saw the 31 year old from Hua Hin lose ground to the on-fire Udorn.

Starting at the 10th, Prayad carded three birdies in four holes from the 15th but he failed to keep the momentum going on the back nine with one birdie against a bogey.

The Singha Hua Hin Open is one of four tournaments jointly sanctioned by the ASEAN PGA Tour and the All Thailand Golf Tour.

The others are the Singha E-San Open, Singha Pattaya Open and Singha Phuket Open.