ADT: Lien charges into lead with Liu at the 14th ADT Chang Hwa Open

Fri 01 Nov 2013

ADT: Lien charges into lead with Liu at the 14th ADT Chang Hwa Open

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Chinese Taipei, November 1: Chinese Taipei’s Lien Chi-wei fired a four-under-par 67 to share the second round lead with overnight co-leader Liu Yu-jui at the 14th ADT Chang Hwa Open on Friday.
The 38-year-old compiled a two-day total of six-under-par 136 to match with Liu, who returned with a 70 at the Chang Hwa Golf Club.
The leading duo holds a one-shot lead over compatriot Hung Chien-yao who settled for third place after he totalled 137 at the US$120,000 event, which is the richest event on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) schedule this season.
Another local hope Lin Wen-hong battled to a 70 for a share of fourth place with countryman Lee Chia-hao, who signed for a 72 at the 14th ADT Chang Hwa Open, which is the 14th leg on the ADT schedule this season.
American Man O Im carded a 68 for a tied-sixth place on 139 total with two-time Asian Tour winner Tsai Chi-huang of Chinese Taipei.
After surging into the share of the lead, Lien credited his familiarity with the golf course for a solid round today.
“I used to play a lot here during my amateur days. Although it has been more than 10 years, my familiarity with the course is still there. Also, my iron play was good and I made about 30 putts in total today,” said Lien, who fired five birdies against a lone bogey.
“I am actually quite surprised with myself for leading today. Hopefully I can maintain my form and continue to do well in the next two rounds,” added a composed Lien.
Liu is meanwhile brimming with excitement as this is his first time he is in contention as an amateur in a professional event.
“I just want to have fun out there. I’m not stressed now that I’m in contention. Maybe because I’m still an amateur! I just hope to have fun this week,” said the 22-year-old.
“The greens seemed to be faster in the afternoon as compared to yesterday morning. I didn’t have many chances to putt for birdies today. I will stick to the same game plan and hopefully do better tomorrow,” added the cheerful Liu.
Title holder Hung, who came through the Asian Tour Qualifying School earlier this year, remained in contention after marking his card with four birdies and three bogeys.
“I tried not to get ahead of myself. It was kind of difficult making proper judgements on the course today. The greens were really tricky but I told myself to play smart and avoid making mistakes. That was my main focus today,” said the Asian Tour rookie, who won the 13th Chang Hwa Open as an amateur back in 2011.
“I’ve set high expectations for myself especially having won the last edition. The biggest difference between then and now is obviously the prize money. I definitely hope to play better than I did two years back,” added Hung.
The halfway cut was set at five-over-par with 61 players advancing to the final two rounds.
The 14th ADT Chang Hwa Open, which was previously staged on the local circuit, joins the fledging Asian Development Tour (ADT) schedule for the very first time this season.
It is the second ADT event to be held in Chinese Taipei this year, following the Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship which was held earlier in August.
All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points starting this year. Winners on the ADT will receive a minimum of six world ranking points while the top six players and ties will earn points based on a sliding scale.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading second round scores:
136 – LIEN Chi-wei (TWN) 69-67, LIU Yu-jui (A) (TWN) 66-70
137 – HUNG Chien-yao (TWN) 67-70
138 – LIN Wen-hong (TWN) 68-70, LEE Chia-hao (TWN) 66-72
139 – Man O IM (USA) 71-68, TSAI Chi-huang (TWN) 70-69
140 – CHANG Tse-Peng (TWN) 72-68
141 – Takashi OKUDA (JPN) 70-71, CHAN Yih-shin (TWN) 70-71
142 – LIEN Lu-sen (TWN) 74-68, Daniel BRINGOLF (AUS) 72-70, Adam BLYTH (AUS) 74-68, Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORN (THA) 74-68, CHAN Shih-chang (TWN) 74-68, Shaun MALONE (ENG) 73-69, Supravee PHATAM (THA) 73-69
Ends.
About the Asian Development Tour
The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading three players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.