Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei overcame gusty conditions to card a 67 and grab the second round clubhouse lead on 10-under-par at the US$1.5 million Ho Tram Open.
The six-time Asian Tour winner held his ground as the winds reached up to 30mph at The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip (par 71), causing play to be suspended for more than two hours from 1.55pm. When play was halted due to fading light at 5.30pm, 58 players were still out on the course and will return at 6.30am tomorrow to compete their second rounds.
“I played for five holes and there was no wind. For that early few holes the course was easy but the wind started to pick up. It was crazy windy but I birdied six and eight to finish my round so that was good,” said the 42-year-old Li.
“The wind made it very difficult. I had some putts which I read the line very clearly but the wind blew my ball slightly off track,” he added.
2014 Asian Tour No 1 David Lipsky of the United States was in second place on eight-under-par after completing 11 holes of his second round, one shot ahead of three players on seven-under-par – Himmat Rai of India (finished play, 69), Thai stalwart Thaworn Wiratchant (13 holes) and Spanish star Sergio Garcia (12 holes).
“I’m happy with how I played. The wind was ridiculous. With the course conditions being open and the greens tricky and fast, it wasn’t easy. I chipped-up in twice so my good start involved a little bit of luck,” said Lipsky.
All three Malaysians in the field were within the projected cut of +1 when play was halted – Nicholas Fung was five-under-par after nine holes, Danny Chia on one-under after 10 and Gavin Green on one-over after a second round 73.
“This is the first time I’m playing in such windy conditions. I’ve been trying to hit low shots all the time. It’s not a shot that I’m used too. I’ve been trying that out in the driving range as I’ve never played in such conditions before. Hopefully in the morning, it won’t be so windy,” said Fung.