Updated: Saturday, 18 January 2014 01:37 | By Agence France-Presse

Prom, Karlberg maintain shared lead in Thailand

Thailand's Prom Meesawat struck a one-under-par 71 to maintain his share of the lead with Sweden's Rikard Karlberg in the second round of the King's Cup on Friday.


Prom, Karlberg maintain shared lead in Thailand

This handout photo taken and released by the Asian Tour on January 17, 2014 shows Rikard Karlberg of Sweden taking a shot during round two of the King's Cup at the Black Mountain Golf Club in Hua Hin, Thailand - by Paul Lakatos

Korea's Mo Joong-Kyung, 42, trailed in third place with a 68 in the $1 million Asian Tour event at the Black Mountain Golf Club in Hua Hin.

Despite dominating play at the season-ending tournament, Prom remained cautious about his chances of victory.

"It's going to be a tough weekend as the door is still open for everyone. I just want to maintain my composure and get an under-par score for the next two days," he said.

The 29-year-old, who hails from the coastal town of Hua Hin, is also aiming to seal his place with Team Asia at the inaugural EurAsia Cup in Malaysia in March.

"I know I still have an outside chance of earning my place in the EurAsia Cup and if I do well this week, the result will basically take care of that," said Prom, according to a report from the Asian Tour.

Karlberg made a late comeback with two birdies in his last three holes to prevent home favourite Prom from taking the outright lead.

The Swede struggled under gusty conditions and was two-over in his second round after 12 holes, but a birdie on the 13th restored some confidence.

"It was a horrible round for 12 holes. I really struggled. I didn't play well and the putts didn't fall... But the wind came down the right way on 17 and 18 and I was glad I finished off well," said Karlberg.

The tournament is the final event of the season on the Asian Tour calendar.

Leading second-round scores at King's Cup Golf Hua Hin (par 72):

136 -- Prom Meesawat (THA) 65-71, Rikard Karlberg (SWE) 65-71

137 -- Mo Joong-Kyung (KOR) 69-68

138 -- Adam Groom (AUS) 69-69, Kodai Ichihara (JPN) 70-68, Chawalit Plaphol (THA) 69-69, Kieran Pratt (AUS) 68-70, Lin Wen-tang (TPE) 66-72, Pavit Tangkamolprasert (THA) 69-69

139 -- Johan Edfors (SWE) 70-69, Prayad Marksaeng (THA) 68-71, Hung Chien-yao (TPE) 72-67, Alex Cejka (GER) 70-69

Selected scores:

140 -- Anirban Lahiri (IND) 69-71

144 -- Siddikur Rahman (BAN) 71-73

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