Friday, October 01, 2010


Early finish leaves Blyth, Chan sharing lead
Taipei, Friday: Chinese Taipei’s Chan Yih-shin birdied the last hole to seize the second-round clubhouse lead with Australia ’s Adam Blyth at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters where play finished early due to darkness.
Chan, winner of the King’s Cup in Thailand last season, mixed his scorecard with seven birdies against one bogey and one double bogey to finish on four-under-par 68 to tie with Blyth on a two-day total of one-under-par 143 at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club.
Overnight leader, Peter Karmis of South Africa is two-under through 15 holes and will resume the second round alongside 27 players at 7am on Saturday. The second round of the US$500,000 Asian Tour event was delayed for 2hr 5min in the morning due to unplayable conditions.
Malaysia’s Iain Steel struggled on the greens to finish with a 73 alongside Siddikur, who is the first Bangladeshi to win on the Asian Tour at the Brunei Open in August, on a 144 total.
The fate of veteran golfer Hsieh Min-nan of Chinese Taipei, who is aiming to be the oldest golfer on the Asian Tour to make the cut at the age of 70, hangs in the balance as he finished on 75 on a 151 total.
Chan was a figure of consistency and credited a hot putter where he made 26 putts today. He made three consecutive birdies from the fourth hole and added another three straight birdies from the 12th hole.
However, the ever-smiling 33-year-old was disappointed not to take the outright clubhouse lead after a double bogey on the 10th hole when his greenside bunker shot flew over the green.
Par 144 (2x72)
143 - Adam Blyth (AUS) 73-70, Chan Yih-shin (TPE) 75-68
144 - Iain Steel (MAS) 71-73, Siddikur (BAN) 75-69
145 - Tsai Chi-huang (TPE) 73-72
146 - Ben Fox (USA) 74-72, Rahil Gangjee (IND) 74-72, Lam Chih Bing (SIN) 74-72, Lin Wen-tang (TPE) 73-73
147 - Mars Pucay (PHI) 72-75, Prom Meesawat (THA) 72-75, Panuwat Muenlek (THA) 74-73, Juvic Pagunsan (PHI) 75-72, Yeh Wei-tze (TPE) 76-71, Lu Tze-shyan (TPE) 81-66
148 - Chen Tsang-te (TPE) 71-77, Baek Seuk-hyun (South Korea) 76-72, Darren Beck (AUS) 76-72, Chang Tse-peng (TPE) 77-71, Danny Chia (MAS) 77-71
Selected scores:
149 David Gleeson (Australia) 75 74, Scott Barr (Australia) 74 75.
150 David Griffiths (England) 78 72.
160 Ross Bain (Scotland) 79 82.



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