Friday, April 17, 2015

Peter Uihlein one-shot clear at Shenzhen International after windy day in China

Peter Uihlein fired a three under 69 to move one-shot clear after the second round of the Shenzhen International.
The American struck five birdies during another tough day of windy conditions and tough scoring, making his only blemish via a bogey at the par-four 10th, to move one stroke clear over Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
Beginning at the 10th, Uihlein reached the turn one under before picking up three shots in a flawless front nine, holing a neat putt at the sixth to go alongside gains at the second and ninth.

Second Round leaders

-9 Peter Uihlein (USA)
-8 Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)
-6 Emiliano Grillo (Arg)
-6 Gregory Havret (Fra),
-6 Darren Fichardt (Rsa)
-6 Matt Ford (Eng)
Selected Others
-5 Matteo Manassero (Ita)
-5 Tommy Fleetwood (Eng)
-1 Ross Fisher (Eng)
Level Andy Sullivan (Eng)
Level Bubba Watson (USA)

“It was tricky today. The wind was swirling quite a bit,” Uihlein said. “I got the back nine out of the way pretty quickly. I played very solid.
“I felt like getting anything under par on the back nine was nice, and I played a pretty stress-free front nine which is always good.”
Aphibarnrat had held the early morning lead with a long birdie putt at the third in one of five second-round gains, but missed a couple of par-save chances in his pursuit of a second European Tour title.  
“It was a great round,” the world No 116 said. “Again, the wind was getting up on a few holes before I finished, but the way I was striking the ball is still very good.”
Overnight leader Huang Wey-yi triple-bogeyed the par-four 15th to drop back to four under for the week, two adrift of a group of four players tied-third.
France’s Gregory Havret’s bogey-free 68 lifts him to seven-under alongside Emiliano Grillo, was one-over for the day through eight holes before striking six birdies in the joint-lowest round of the day.
Darren Fichardt also heads in to the weekend three off the pace after posting three bogeys in a row during his back nine, as does Matt Ford following his second successive 69. 
World No 4 Bubba Watson, by far the highest ranked player in the field, continued to struggle with the putting issues that hampered his bid to retain the Green Jacket at Augusta last week, dropping three strokes before the turn in a second round 74.
The American was hovering around the projected cut before three birdies on his back nine, so heads in to the weekend in a group level with Andy Sullivan, who slipped down the leaderboard with a double bogey at the par-four sixth and a dropped shot at the last. 
The only Scots to make the cut (146 and better) were Richie Ramsay (145) and Craig Lee (146)

par 144 (2x72)
135 Peter Uihlein (USA) 67 68
136 Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thai) 67 69
138 Matt Ford (Eng) 69 69, Gregory Havret (Rra) 70 68, Emiliano Grillo (Argentina 71 68, Darren Fichardt (S Africa) 68 70

145 Richie Ramsay 72 73 (T49)
146 Craig Lee 75 71 (T58)

MISSED THE CUT (146 and better qualified
148 Scott Jamieson 79 69
151 David Drysdale 74 77
163 Chris Doak 75 88



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