Singapore, November 14: American Berry Henson took advantage of the play suspension by returning to card a one-under-par 70, grabbing a share of the second round lead with Australia’s Scott Barr and Thailand’s Chinnarat Phadungsil at the inaugural World Classic Championship on Saturday.
Henson, together with Chinnarat, was among the 66 players who had to resume their second round at the World Classic course in the morning after play was suspended due to darkness on Friday.
Australia’s Scott Barr had earlier kept the faith in himself by signing for a 71 and a two-day total of two-under-par 140 to remain firmly in the hunt for his maiden win on the Asian Tour.
Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung also went out with all guns blazing by firing a 67 on Friday to share fourth place with Thailand’s Danthai Boonma at the US$750,000 event which is held at the Laguna National Golf and Country Club.
Henson had the overnight break to thank as that allowed him to refocus his energy and return in the morning refreshed to complete his remaining five holes.
“The play suspension helped me because on my 13th hole, my caddie and I had the wrong yardage. Like what we had done the last few weeks. I hit a few good shots and it was the wrong number so that kind of upset me a little bit.
“I hit a bad shot on 14 and then the horn blew. So in some sense, that helped to calm me down and I woke up this morning with a fresher mind and knew I was in a good position,” said Henson.
Upon resumption of play, the American saved par on 14 before reaching home with birdies on 15 and 17.
“I had a good little two-putt to start my morning and I made a nice birdie on 15. Actually I had a few more opportunities coming in. I was able to make one of them and one lipped out on the last. I’m starting to get really comfortable with the course,” said Henson.
Barr, who is chasing his breakthrough victory on the Asian Tour, lacked many birdies opportunities on a day where he could only make 30 putts.
But while he was left to rue those missed chances, the Singapore-based Australian made up for it by playing cautiously and relying on his local knowledge of the course.
“I didn’t hole as many putts for birdies as I did yesterday but I didn’t make too many mistakes out there. I just couldn’t get it close enough to make the putts.
“If you’re in trouble, just try to make a bogey. You just play for a bogey and not try to risk it. I just want to keep trusting myself and my game,” said the 43-year-old, who marked his card with two bogeys and two birdies to sign for a two-day total of two-under-par 149.
Meanwhile Fung was thrilled to put himself in contention after signing for a scintillating 67 at the challenging World Classic Course which is known for its treacherous slopes and tricky greens.
“It’s fantastic to shoot a 67 on this course. I have no complaints even though I missed a couple of short putts. I hit the ball really good today. I only missed one fairway. I have played this course before so I guess it’s a bit of an advantage for me.
“For some holes out there, making bogey is actually very good already. You just have to try not to make anything worse than that and you should be safe,” said the Malaysian.
The halfway cut was set at seven-over with a total of 66 players progressing into the weekend rounds.
Leading scores after round 2 of the World Classic Championship being played at the par 71, 6935 Yards Laguna National GcC course (am – denotes amateur):
140 – Scott BARR (AUS) 69-71, Berry HENSON (USA) 70-70, Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL (THA) 71-69.
141 – Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 74-67, Danthai BOONMA (THA) 72-69.
142 – Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA) 71-71, Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 71-71, Siddikur RAHMAN (BAN) 71-71, Shaun NORRIS (RSA) 71-71.
143 – Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 70-73, Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 69-74, Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) 74-69, Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN) 71-72.
144 – Josh YOUNGER (AUS) 73-71, Rashid KHAN (IND) 75-69, Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 76-68, Paul PETERSON (USA) 71-73, Jeunghun WANG (KOR) 69-75, Shiv KAPUR (IND) 72-72, Charlie WI (KOR) 71-73, Natipong SRITHONG (THA) 69-75.
145 – Chan KIM (USA) 77-68, Chapchai NIRAT (THA) 76-69, Panuphol PITTAYARAT (THA) 72-73, Terry PILKADARIS (AUS) 74-71, Adilson DA SILVA (BRA) 74-71, George GANDRANATA (INA) 74-71, Niclas JOHANSSON (SWE) 71-74, Danny CHIA (MAS) 73-72, Niall TURNER (IRL) 73-72.
About Laguna National Golf & Country Club
A prominent golf club in the local and regional golf scene since its inauguration in 1993, Laguna National is one of Singapore’s premier golf and country clubs, boasting two eighteen-hole championship courses that have won prestigious accolades and hosted international championships including the European Tour’s Singapore Masters, Korean LPGA-ADT Caps Tour Championship and European and Asian Tour co-sanctioned event, The Championship at Laguna National.
A multi-million dollar facelift is underway to develop a state-of-the-art union of a world-class golf club and a 208-room and villa branded hotel with full facilities including a spa, a driving range, a fitness centre, as well as Member-exclusive areas with private locker rooms, Members’ lounges and country club facilities.
Strategically located in proximity to the airport, beach, malls and with a multimillion private clubhouse and hotel underway, golfers will find the world at their fingertips, here at Laguna National Golf & Country Club.
About The World Classic Course
Designed and built by Dye Designs, World Classic—touted as Asia’s Toughest Test, draws inspiration from many of the world’s best known holes and course designs. Golfers will inevitably find themselves facing similar shots to those played on the famous links courses of the British Isles, or the championship layouts found along coastal North America. The course is rated 165 on the Slope Rating System and 76.9 from the championship tees at a yardage of 7,350.
This course offers different challenges every time out requiring golfers to exhibit carefully planned club selection and determine if the risk/ reward is right for their game that day. Thoughtfully placed tee shots set up highly challenging approach angles to generous greens, which often feature three or more tiers. Where you hit your ball on the World Classic greens is just as important as how far you hit your tee shot.
About the Asian Tour
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