Friday, February 10, 2017

Wiesberger shoots nine birdies in a row to lead, Warren drops to T14 with a 75

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia: Bernd Wiesberger became the first man to sink nine consecutive birdies on the Asian Tour and European Tour as he seized a one-shot halfway lead at the Maybank Championship today.

The towering Austrian, pictured, got hot from the seventh hole to 15th hole at the Saujana Golf and Country Club to shoot a spectacular nine-under-par 63 for a 12-under-par 132 aggregate in the US$3 million co-sanctioned tournament.
 Wiesberger’s feat, which included a total of 11 birdies against two bogeys, will not be considered an official record due to the preferred lie ruling being in effect.
 He missed two greens and needed only 26 putts.
Masters Tournament champion Danny Willet of England, who at 15th in the world is the highest ranked player in the field, surged into contention with a 67 to trail Wiesberger heading into the weekend rounds.
Asia’s challenge was carried by Indian prospect Shubhankar Sharma and Southj Korean star K T Kim, who both shot 68s to share fifth place, four shots off the pace.
A further stroke back and bunched on 138 include the likes of 2015 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Anirban Lahiri of India (68), countryman Shiv Kapur (67) and Hong Kong Open champion Sam Brazel of Australia (71).
Overnight leader, Scot Marc Warren, fell back to a tie for 14th place on 138, following up a brilliant 63 with an erratic 75
The 31-year-old Wiesberger, who has won in Indonesia and South Korea previously, finished runner-up in his last visit to Malaysia two years ago and his career-equalling low round has set him up for fourth European Tour title.
 David Lipsky, who is tied third on135, made nine one-putts in his round, four to save par to keep the bogeys off his card of 67.

Par 144 (2x72), Yardage 7,186
132 Bernd WIESBERGER (AUT) 69-63.
133 Danny WILLETT (ENG) 66-67.
135 David LIPSKY (USA) 68-67, Mike LORENZO-VERA (FRA) 70-65.
136 Shubhankar SHARMA (IND) 68-68, K.T. KIM (SKor) 68-68.
137 Marcel SIEM (GER) 66-71, Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 66-71, Shiv KAPUR (IND) 70-67, Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 69-68, Matteo MANASSERO (ITA) 71-66, Alexander LEVY (FRA) 69-68, James MORRISON (ENG) 70-67.
138 Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) 66-72, Siddikur RAHMAN (BAN) 69-69, Robert ROCK (ENG) 71-67, Romain WATTEL (FRA) 68-70, Marc WARREN (SCO) 63-75.
139 Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 69-70, Lee WESTWOOD (ENG) 73-66, Thongchai JAIDEE (THA) 71-68, Lucas BJERREGAARD (DEN) 69-70, Pablo LARRAZABAL (ESP) 72-67, Panuphol PITTAYARAT (THA) 70-69, Fabrizio ZANOTTI (PAR) 70-69, Niall TURNER (Ire) 68-71, Gavin GREEN (MAS) 68-71, Gregory HAVRET (FRA) 69-70



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