Singh Soars Into Halfway Lead in Dhl Philippine Open

Manila, February 27: Indias Jeev Milkha Singh battled windy conditions to emerge as the halfway leader at the US$150,000 DHL Philippine Open today.

Singh, a four-time winner in Asia, carded an even par 71 at Riviera Golf and Country Club to lead the Asian Tour event by one stroke from overnight leader Adam Groom of Australia, who stumbled to a 75.

With gusty winds prevailing throughout the day, the 32-year-old Indian star, who now plies his trade regularly in Japan, showed the patience of an old hand to card two birdies against two bogeys for a two-day total of three-under-par 139.

With gusty winds prevailing throughout the day, the 32-year-old Indian star, who now plies his trade regularly in Japan, showed the patience of an old hand to card two birdies against two bogeys for a two-day total of three-under-par 139.

With gusty winds prevailing throughout the day, the 32-year-old Indian star, who now plies his trade regularly in Japan, showed the patience of an old hand to card two birdies against two bogeys for a two-day total of three-under-par 139.

Former Philippine amateur champion Angelo Que battled to a 71 to move up to joint sixth place on 143 as he kept up the local charge. Compatriot Antonio Lascuna, who opened with a 69, failed to get the better of the tough conditions, shooting a 74 to also end the day on 143.

Jyoti Randhawa of India, the Asian number one in 2002, endured a roller-coaster 73, carding three birdies against five bogeys for tied 11th place on 145. Defending champion Rick Gibson of Canada added a 75 to his opening 72 and was eight shots off the pace.

The halfway cut was set at 150 with 71 players progressing into the weekend rounds. Amongst the players who missed the mark were former Philippine Open winners Felix Casas and Gerald Rosales, young Thai Prom Meesawat and Philippine lass Ria Denise Quiazon.

Quiazon, the second woman golfer to play on the main mens tour in Asia, added an 86 to her opening 84.

Round two scores

139 – Jeev Milkha Singh (IND) 68-71
140 – Adam Groom (AUS) 65-75
141 – Jonathan Cheetham (ENG) 70-71, Amandeep Johl (IND) 67-74
142 – Richard Moir (AUS) 69-73
143 – Angelo Que (PHI) 72-71, David Gleeson (AUS) 69-74, Antonio Lascuna (PHI) 69-74
144 – Edward Michaels (USA) 70-74, Adam Fraser (AUS) 71-73
145 – Mo Joong-Kyung (KOR) 73-72, Juvic Pagunsan [A] (PHI) 75-70, Jyoti Randhawa (IND) 72-73, Vivek Bhandari (IND) 73-72, Lu Wei-Lan (TPE) 72-73, Edwin Estrera (PHI) 69-76, Chen Yuan-Chi (TPE) 71-74, Danny Zarate (PHI) 72-73, Scott Taylor (USA) 72-73, Gary Rusnak (USA) 71-74, Alistair Presnell (AUS) 71-74, Anthony Kang (KOR) 71-74
146 – Weng Young-Tien (TPE) 70-76, Uttam Singh Mundy (IND) 73-73, Jay Bayron [A] (PHI) 70-76, Glenn Joyner (AUS) 72-74
147 – S. Sivachandran [A] (MAS) 71-76, Rick Gibson (CAN) 72-75, Lin Chie-Hsiang (TPE) 72-75, Airil Rizman Zahari (MAS) 74-73, Yeh Chang-Ting (TPE) 75-72, Danilo Delos Santos (PHI) 73-74, Lu Wei-Chih (TPE) 71-76, Edwin Sanchez (PHI) 71-76, Jerome Delariarte (PHI) 72-75, Sushi Ishigaki (JPN) 72-75, Edgar Ababa (PHI) 72-75
148 – Lito Rempojo (PHI) 71-77, Greg Hanrahan (USA) 71-77, Peter Minoza (PHI) 74-74, Ross Bain (SCO) 72-76, Bryan Saltus (USA) 75-73, Clay Devers (USA) 73-75, Benjie Magada (PHI) 70-78, Robert Pactolerin (PHI) 70-78, Amritinder Singh (IND) 73-75
149 – Elmer Salvador (PHI) 71-78, Rodrigo Cuello (PHI) 75-74, Eiji Mizoguchi (JPN) 71-78, Raymund Sangil [A] (PHI) 73-76, Attaphon Prathummanee (THA) 74-75, Antolin Fernando (PHI) 74-75, Jamnian Chitprasong (THA) 75-74, Morne Van Rensburg (RSA) 70-79, Don Klenk (USA) 71-78, Ashok Kumar (IND) 71-78, Danny Chia (MAS) 71-78, Marlon Dizon (PHI) 73-76
150 – Chen Tze-Chung (TPE) 77-73, Sung Mao-Chang (TPE) 76-74, Tomokazu Yoshinaga (JPN) 79-71, Marvin Dumandan [A] (PHI) 71-79, Tomoo Bise (JPN) 72-78, Lin Wen-Hong (TPE) 72-78, Satoshi Tomiyama (JPN) 71-79, Rodolfo Ardimar (PHI) 74-76, Gaurav Ghei (IND) 73-77, Marciano Pucay (PHI) 71-79, Ebarra Quiachon (PHI) 72-78, Vic Santia (PHI) 74-76, Artemio Murakami [A] (PHI) 70-80

CUT

151 – Kim Do-Hoon (KOR) 78-73, Gerald Rosales (PHI) 75-76, Carito Villaroman (PHI) 75-76, Gerry Norquist (USA) 75-76, Huang Tung-Liang (TPE) 75-76, Jason Moon (AUS) 68-83, Prom Meesawat (THA) 72-79, Felix Casas (PHI) 74-77, Scott Barr (AUS) 71-80, Lam Chih Bing (SIN) 78-73
152 – Rey Alit (PHI) 76-76, Rahil Gangjee (IND) 72-80, Hong Chia-Yuh (TPE) 74-78, Poh Eng Wah (SIN) 77-75, Orlan Sumcad (PHI) 75-77, Eddie Bagtas (PHI) 75-77, Akinori Tani (JPN) 76-76
153 – Hsieh Tung-Shu (TPE) 71-82, Yoshinobu Tsukada (JPN) 83-70, Chen Chung-Cheng (TPE) 78-75, Richard Sinfuego (PHI) 79-74, Unho Park (AUS) 75-78
154 – Ewan Porter (AUS) 80-74, Erwin Vinluan [A] (PHI) 76-78, Ronald Pactolerin (PHI) 78-76, James Stewart (HKG) 81-73, Shaaban Hussein (MAS) 81-73, Randy Garalde (PHI) 74-80, Marcus Both (AUS) 71-83
155 – Mike Cunning (USA) 76-79, Ruben Sasutil (PHI) 75-80, Andrew Pitts (USA) 76-79, Anthony Summers (AUS) 75-80, Olle Nordberg (SWE) 76-79, Cesar Ababa (PHI) 78-77, Kim Su-Nam (KOR) 78-77, Pornsakon Tipsanit (THA) 77-78
156 – Kenichi Ryu (JPN) 77-79, Chen Tsang-Te (TPE) 80-76, Win Htwe Hlaing (MYN) 78-78, Lim Eng-Seng [A] (MAS) 80-76, Gene Xavier Bondoc [A] (PHI) 74-82, Tonton Asistio [A] (PHI) 78-78, Soe Kyaw Naing (MYN) 76-80, Rafael Ponce (ECU) 77-79
157 – Mario Manubay (PHI) 80-77, Craig Kamps (RSA) 79-78, R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 81-76, Katsuhiko Yamazaki (JPN) 81-76, Patrick Young (AUS) 75-82, Kim Chang-Hoi [A] (KOR) 81-76, Rodolfo Cuello (PHI) 78-79, Somkiat Srisanga (THA) 79-78, Chang Tse-Peng (TPE) 75-82, Makoto Konohara (JPN) 78-79
158 – Vince Lauron (PHI) 79-79, Cookie Lao (PHI) 78-80, Rogelio Cabajar (PHI) 80-78
159 – Zane Scotland (ENG) 76-83, Surawin Suwannodom (THA) 75-84, Willy De Tomas (PHI) 80-79, Derek Fung (HKG) 84-75
160 – Al Cruz (PHI) 78-82
161 – Jun Bernis [A] (PHI) 84-77, Satoshi Shimouchi (JPN) 79-82, Lee Seong-Ki [A] (KOR) 81-80, Rene Gaviola (PHI) 76-85, Bobby Celestino [A] (PHI) 80-81, Firoz Khan (FIJ) 78-83, David Kang (KOR) 77-84
162 – Smith Sukhumalchandra (THA) 77-85, Roger Retuerto (PHI) 79-83, Yau Sui-Ming (HKG) 79-83, Apinai Wannapairote (THA) 86-76, Steven Tan (MAS) 82-80
163 – Poh Eing Chong (SIN) 79-84
165 – Ramon Brobio (PHI) 79-86, Rico Depilo (PHI) 78-87, Chitinsee Savaha (THA) 78-87
167 – Koji Katoh (JPN) 83-84
170 – Ria Denise Quiazon (PHI) 84-86
171 – Thongchai Tima (THA) 80-91
DQ – Pablo Del Olmo (MEX), Ming Gyu-Cho (KOR)
WD – Hsieh Chin-Sheng (TPE), Rey Pagunsan (PHI)DQ – Kesahido Uchida (JPN)
RTD – Hendrik Buhrmann (RSA)