Friday, April 21, 2017

Wiesberger goes four clear in China

Bernd Wiesberger fired an impressive, bogey-free 65 to open up a four-shot lead before the second round of the Shenzhen International was suspended due to storms.

The Austrian has not missed a cut in the past eight months and has claimed seven top-five finishes as he edges closer to a fourth European Tour title on his first visit to Genzon Golf Club.

The morning wave completed their second rounds before the storms arrived bringing lightning and heavy rain, with none of the afternoon players having completed more than nine holes.

Wiesberger had returned to complete his first round in the morning after Thursday's delay, birdieing the 17th to get within one of the lead, and he added a further seven gains in round two to get to 12 under.

South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli and Denmark’s Thorbjørn Olesen emerged as his closest challengers after rounds of 68, with Scotland’s Richie Ramsay a further shot back alongside France's Grégory Bourdy and round one leader Bubba Watson, who were on course when the hooter sounded at 1440.

George Coetzee, Scott Jamieson and Jordan Smith were then in the clubhouse at six under alongside Haydn Porteous who had completed eight holes.
The second round will resume at 0630 on Saturday, with round three set to go off two tees in three-balls no earlier than 1130.

Player Quotes:            
Bernd Wiesberger
“I can’t complain about the score today. It was a long day, I got up at 0430 to finish a couple of holes. I started well and picked up from the day before. I hit a drive down 17 early in the morning and got my round in of 67 so I was pleased with that and I kept going that way driving the ball nicely and putting really well.

“I was feeling comfortable when I was getting the ball on the green and rolling in well on the green, so that was key for me today to get something in the mid 60’s.

“I played a few holes on Tuesday and I said to my caddie it feels like a course that suits me and suits my game. I knew I was playing decent coming into this week, I’ve had good golfing weeks over in the States and just couldn’t get the results going and it just feels nice over here, everything has kind of synced in nicely.

“Let’s hope we have a bit of luck with the weather this afternoon and the guys are getting as many holes in as possible, as I said it was an early morning today so trying to just recover a little bit and have a relaxing afternoon.

Dylan Frittelli

“It was a good round today, another 68 on the cards and one bad mistake but besides that I played great.

“George played great today, made a bunch of birdies and an eagle there on 17 so it was really nice to follow him around the course. He also had a couple mistakes but if he keeps the bogeys off the card he is going to be a threat this weekend.

“I have been in contention. Last week was close there on the back nine so I am feeling comfortable under pressure and hopefully I can continue to play well on the weekend.


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