Kiradech Aphibarnrat today – photo Getty Images
Adam Scott finds himself just two shots from the lead held by Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat as the BMW PGA Championship field enters the weekend at Wentworth in Surrey, England.
Scott recovered from a roller-coaster opening nine holes, during which he recorded and eagle, one birdie, four pars, two bogeys and a double bogey, with a homeward nine of 4 under 33 to be knocking on the door in his first appearance in the European Tour’s flagship event since 2006.
Scott is enjoying the opportunity to be back playing the event and the venue.
“I feel like my game is in good shape, and it’s kind of a bonus to be playing here for me, really,” said the 41-year-old Queenslander. “Once I was out of the FedEx Cup I was looking for events to play and what a great one to come back and play.
“I’m happy that it fell into my schedule. Brings back a lot of good memories from early on in my career. There has always been such a great atmosphere here at Wentworth, so happy to be in the mix.
“I mean, early in the week, the sun was shining and it was really glorious, and then getting paired with Justin the first two rounds, our careers have paralleled each other the whole way, and I’ve really enjoyed myself these two days.
“I’ve always enjoyed coming here and I moved myself over to America a bit, but now that I have the chance to come back, I hope I get many more chances in the future.”
Scott’s longtime friend and fellow Australian, Wade Ormsby, made a big move on day two when he produced a 6 under par round of 66 to move into a share of 25th after his opening round of 73 had him considering his options for the weekend.
Ryan Fox was the only other Australasian to make the cut when he finished his opening 36 holes in 62nd place and right on the cut-line of 2 under.
Aphibarnrat only last week regained his playing rights for the PGA Tour via the Korn Ferry Tour Finals and that has clearly helped his mindset in terms of freeing him up.
The 42 year old leads by one over England’s Laurie Canter and Italy’s Francesco Laporta, Aphibarnrat a four time European Tour winner but he has slipped outside the top 500 in the world and has endured a tough year in 2021 before regaining his PGA Tour card with three solid finishes in the season ending Korn Ferry Tour events.
“To get my tour card back, I can play free and I love to hit right-to-left and left-to-right,” said the Thai. “Before I was a little tight, trying to hit everything straight and perfect position, which you can’t do. Now when I got the card back, look forward to next season. I feel like I want to play my own game and enjoy.
“I’m really proud the way I’m playing first two rounds. A lot of good stuff in there. I mean, everyone tried to get a low score but this golf course, you can hit a lot of birdies but it can hurt you if you’re out of position. I tried to play for more fairways, more greens. My putter was rolling well this week and really pleased.”