Kedah (Malaysia), July 13 (IANS) Thailand’s Nattawat Suvajanakorn fought his way into contention with a second round seven-under-par 65 to lead the PGM Darulaman Championship here on Thursday.

Nattawat marked his card with six birdies, one eagle and a bogey to establish a one-shot lead over China’s Liu Yan-wei at the RM 200,000 (approximately $44,600) ADT event which is jointly sanctioned with the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM).

Malaysia’s Leunkwang Kim continued to keep local hopes alive when he signed for another 69 to secure outright third place, two shots back of Nattawat at the Darulaman Golf and Country Club.

Starting on the back-nine 10, Nattawat carded his first birdie on the par-four 13. He made his move up the leaderboard with an eagle-three on 16 before his round came alive with four birdies in five holes after the turn.

The Thai, who has enjoyed two top-10s this season on the ADT, dropped a shot on seven but recovered quickly with another birdie on eight to complete one of the biggest moves of the day, having started in tied-16th place.

“I putted really well today and that was the key. I took advantage of my opportunities and was rewarded with a very good score. Hopefully, I can continue playing the same way I did today for the next two rounds,” Nattawat said.

Nattawat, who turned professional in 2014, also made no secret of his intentions to secure his maiden ADT title this week.

“I have a chance of winning this week and I’m going to try my best to do it. I have come close to victory on a few occasions but fell short. Hopefully, I can lift the trophy on Saturday,” he said.

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