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Teenage sensation Phachara hopes to learn from disastrous Open debut

Thai teenager Phachara Khongwatmai will never forget his maiden Major appearance at The Open. The 17-year-old Asian Tour prospect was left battered and bruised by wild and windy conditions at Royal Troon on Friday as he stumbled to a 10-over-par 81, 10 shots higher than his opening day’s effort.

For a long while, Phachara fought gallantly against cold, windy and rainy conditions late in the day but a quadruple bogey eight on the par four 15th hole blew him off course in his hope of a memorable debut in the world’s oldest tournament.

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Byeonghun An tied for 15th at The Open, Wang & Kiradech head home

Korea’s Byeonghun An finished with two closing bogeys at The Open for a second successive one-under-par 70 on Friday but it didn’t bother him one bit. With rain lashing down and winds blowing sideways for part of the day at Royal Troon, the 24-year-old An was relieved to conclude his second round without going through a golfing wreckage.

At two-under-par 140, he is inside the top-20 at the halfway stage as the leading Asian, some eight shots behind leader Phil Mickelson of the United States. 

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Anirban Lahiri makes the Cut at The Open

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India’s Anirban Lahiri made it into the weekend rounds of The Open after battling typical Scottish weather for a one-over-par 72 in the second round on Friday. The reigning Asian Tour number one traded two birdies against three bogeys at historic Royal Troon, which was greeted by rain, cold temperature and winds following a glorious opening day under sunshine and blue skies.

Lahiri, who has made the cut three times from four appearances at the oldest Major, said: “I managed to control the damage as I didn’t play too good. The idea was to get off to a good start but it wasn’t to be.

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Soomin Lee produces excellent 68 to start The Open

Korea’s Soomin Lee emerged as the early joint best Asian performer in the first round of The Open on Thursday, shooting an impressive three-under-par 68 in his Major debut at Royal Troon.

The Asian Tour rising star took full advantage of calm conditions to sink four birdies against a lone bogey to join Japan’s Shugo Imahira in a share of fifth place and trail clubhouse leader Patrick Reed of the United States by two shots with play still on-going.

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Thongchai battles to level par start at The Open

Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee birdied the 18th hole to begin his campaign at The Open with a level par 71 on Thursday but there was disappointment for countryman Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Korea’s Jeunghun Wang.

Thongchai, a triple Asian Tour number one, carded two birdies on the card against a double bogey on the 15th hole at Royal Troon when he found two pot bunkers, amongst the many sprinkled along the famous Scottish links here.

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