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Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee could provide the perfect response to being overlooked for the International team at the Presidents Cup last month by winning the BMW Masters.
Thongchai posted a second successive round of two-under par 70 on Friday to lie in a tie for second place four behind leader Luke Guthrie, on a day when bitterly cold winds swept across the wide open Lake Malaren layout, making low-scoring difficult.
The 43-year-old was controversially not considered by Nick Price for the Internationals Team at the Ryder Cup-style event against the US, despite reaching the quarter-finals of the WGC Match Play and the final of the Volvo World Match Play this year.
The Thai was the highest-ranked player among those that did not qualify automatically for the team of non-European players, but Price instead chose his fellow Zimbabwean Brendan de Jonge and Australia's Mark Leishman as his picks. Leishman, in particular, failed to shine as the US triumphed.
Thongchai's play in Shanghai this week will send a clear signal to Price about the quality that the Internationals team were missing.
The Asian star could have been out on his own in second on Friday, but bogeyed the 18th after a misjudged chip ran some 15 feet past the hole.
A double bogey six at the treacherous ninth hole, the toughest on the course, was the only other blemish on a card that contained five birdies.
Nevertheless he was very satisfied with his day's work when he spoke to AFP after his round.
"I played well and I've made a lot of good putts this week," said Thongchai.
"Yes I had one bad hole on nine when I made double bogey but I was kind of comfortable out there."
"The key is to be in position to hit the right part of the greens, which are very tricky," Thongchai added.
"With scoring not very high one good round can make a big difference."