Jaidee and Connerty Jnr top the team event

10/5/2012 6:20:31 PM
Thongchai Jaidee  (Getty Images)
Thongchai Jaidee (Getty Images)

Thai ace Thongchai Jaidee and his amateur partner Hugh Connerty Jnr shot to the top of the team event leaderboard on the second day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Despite playing at Carnoustie Golf Links, which is widely recognised as the toughest of the three courses used this week, Jaidee and Connerty Jnr shot a combined round of 64 to overtake overnight leaders Branden Grace and Gaynor Rupert, who are now one stroke behind on 20 under par after combining for a round of 67 at Kingsbarns.

Connerty Jnr, a successful businessman from Boston, America, cited his most memorable moment in golf as caddying for the legendary Gary Player during the 2006 US Masters Tournament, having bid for the prize in a charity auction.

But that could be surpassed if he and Jaidee, currently in a tie for 12th place on eight under par in the pro event, can hold onto their slender lead for the remaining two days.

There will be a cut after the third day’s play, with the top 20 teams progressing to the final round, held at St Andrews.