Melbourne, Australia - Thai stars Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat were searching for answers after a disappointing five-over-par 77 in Saturday’s foursomes left them well down the leaderboard at the US$8 million ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf.
Rated at as one of the contenders from Asia, the Asian Tour stalwarts have failed to click at Kingston Heath Golf CLub, with a three-day total of level par 216 placing them in 23rd position from out of 28 nations competing.
They swapped the teeing order from Thursday’s fourball session but it did not reap any rewards, which left Kiradech and Thongchai well disappointed with their campaign this week.
“We played so bad. We had two three putts and one bad hole. It’s been a difficult week. We changed the strategy today by switching the holes that we were driving on. We changed the plan but it didn’t work,” said triple Asian Tour number one, Thongchai.
“Kiradech and I wanted to be aggressive on the par fives with him driving on those holes but we got confused instead. It was the wrong game plan. We can’t change anything now. We’re just not in form. In golf, you can never say anything. Sometimes it’s a good day, sometimes it’s a bad day.”
Big-hitting Kiradech was hopeful his second appearance in the World Cup of Golf would have seen them challenging for the title. Instead, it has been a struggle to find any momentum in the prestigious team event.
“It’s a bit disappointing as we expected to play better than this. We have a good team but I think we’ve been playing too much golf around the world and the body is feeling a bit tired and we’re not striking the ball too well,” said the 29-year-old.
“It’s good to be here with Thongchai though. Hopefully we can go low tomorrow. We’ll just try to enjoy it and try to make more birdies to finish up the week.”
India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia and Chikkarangappa S. started off strongly with two birdies in their first five holes in the alternate shot format but their round unraveled with some costly errors.
Chawrasia, who has won twice on the Asian Tour this season, said: “We started good, got to two under and then we bogeyed six. We made a few mistakes, it wasn’t a good round. On 15, he hit it to the left and it was a tough bunker shot from there and we made bogey. He hit a good second shot into 16 which went over the green and then I hit a poor putter from the back of the green and then missed another short put. Just made a double bogey from out of nothing.”
Chikkarangappa added: “A couple of shots, we made some wrong decisions. I guess we could have finished better. We didn’t finish nice. Had a bogey on 15 and doubled on 16. If we had finished with pars, it would have been a lot better. Hope we can catch fire tomorrow, try to get a nice number to finish off the tournament. I think we’re playing solid.”