Sandwich, United Kingdom: Korea’s Y.E Yang’s strategy of adopting a more aggressive play worked to the tee when he returned with a one-under-par 69 at the second round of the British Open on Friday.
Yang knew that he would have to go for the broke following his opening 71 to stay in contention for his second Major win and was pleased with how his round went despite having to rue several birdie chances.
“One-under-par is a good score for me and I would take it anytime. I knew that I had to be more aggressive and I went out there to do that. I gave myself lots of birdie chances but pity I couldn’t take advantage of some of them,” said Yang.
Yang got off steadily by making pars on his first seven holes before a bogey-five on the eighth hole caused him to drop a shot. After turning in 36, the Asian Tour honorary member went on a three-hole birdie blitz starting from the 12th hole before a closing bogey on the 18th hole made him sign for a 69.
“The weather conditions were good and the winds were not as strong as yesterday. I’m going to continue to play more aggressively and hopefully the results will show again over the weekend,” said Yang.
Meanwhile Thailand’s Prom Meesawat’s hopes of an extended stay at the British Open were shattered after he signed off with a disappointing second round 75.
The 26-year-old played under perfect scoring conditions in the morning but could not capitalise on his chances at Royal St. George’s.
After an opening 72, Prom looked set to make a move up the leaderboard with birdies on holes five and seven.
However a double-bogey on the par-four eighth set him back and started to spark a spiral downfall.
“I had a good tee shot on the eighth but I mis-hit my five-iron which caused the ball to land on the down slope. It was not a good lie. I tried to hit it over the bunker but it was not enough. It shouldn’t have happened and it affected me,” said Prom.
His back-nine was one to forget as it was marked with a double-bogey-seven and three bogeys on holes 15, 17 and 18 respectively.
“I tried my best. But it was a good experience for me as I’ve learnt how to play in the wind and in front of the huge crowd. It’ll be very helpful for me especially when I play in the last flight in Asia. I do know how to cope better with the crowd’s expectation now,” said Prom.
Although he will be making an early exit from the British Open, Prom is already setting sights on his title ambitions at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters on the Asian Tour next week.
“I’ll probably stay here for one night and make my way back and get ready for Selangor,” said Prom.
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