One of the best former amateur golfers in the world is in the lead after two rounds of the LIV Golf tournament in Thailand.

Former Oklahoma State player Eugenio Chacarra turned pro to play in the LIV series. The two-time first-team All-American was No. 2 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings before signing a three-year contract with the Saudi-backed LIV Tour.

On Saturday, he birdied three of his first five holes and birdied his sixth on his way to a 9-under 63 and a five-stroke lead after two rounds of the 54-hole event.

The Spanish player, one of the joint leaders after the first round, completed a 36-hole total of 16-under 128 on the course at the recently opened Stonehill Golf Club north of Bangkok.

There was a four-way tie for second place. First-round co-leader Richard Bland (68), Sihwan Kim (66), Harold Varner III (66) and Patrick Reed (65) were 11 under.

Branden Grace, one of the first-round leaders with Chacarra and Bland, retired after three holes Saturday with an undisclosed injury.

“The conditions are great and the course is amazing,” said Chacarra. “But I think the key was that I went back to see what I was doing in college because I was working so well and I wasn’t as good the first four weeks as a pro, and that was just try to have fun and then play so you don’t get bogeys.

“I actually hit it pretty well, but I’m playing smart and having fun.”

This is the first time LIV Golf has been played outside the United States since its inaugural event in early June near London.

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