Schwartzel continues form in Thailand

Updated: December 7, 2012

South African Charl Schwartzel seized control of the Thailand Golf Championship with a flawless second round 65 giving him an imposing four-shot lead over the chasing pack on Friday.

The 2011 Masters Tournament champion kept his foot on the pedal with a second straight seven-under-par 65 and a 14-under-par 130 total at the magnificent Amata Spring Country Club.

Following a 90-minute weather delay, Schwartzel and his playing partners ran to the 18th tee box to ensure they completed their second round. A total of 25 players will return at 7.10am on Saturday to finish their remaining holes. Round three is expected to start not before 9am.

Daniel Chopra of Sweden renewed his love-affair with Asia by firing a 67 to trail in second place on 134 in the full-field Asian Tour event while Japan’s Masanori Kobayashi was a further shot back in third place after a 67 as well.

Thai youngster Thithiphun Chuayprakong was alongside Kobayashi at nine-under for the tournament with three holes to complete.

The tournament’s top guns stayed in the title mix. Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa returned a fine 66, sprinkled with nine birdies, to move into contention on 136 while reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson and Sergio Garcia were amongst those on 138.

After being in the chasing pack last year, Schwartzel was delighted to be the front-runner as he pursued his first title in 20 months after his Masters victory. He was pleased to complete his round in near darkness which will give him a few precious extra few hours in bed on Saturday.