Barr keeps the faith #WorldClassic

Fri 13 Nov 2015

Barr keeps the faith #WorldClassic

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Singapore, November 13: Australia’s Scott Barr kept the faith in himself by carding an even-par 71 to take the second round clubhouse lead at the inaugural World Classic Championship at Laguna National on Friday.
Nicholas Fung of Malaysia Nicholas Fung of Malaysia
Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung went out with all guns blazing by firing a 67 to stay a single shot back of Barr while Thailand’s Chinnarat Phadungsil and Natipong Srithong are on three-under through 12 and 11 holes respectively before play was suspended at 6.47pm due to darkness.
Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond and Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman also returned home safely with matching 71s.
Play was suspended for over two hours due to thunderstorms in the afternoon and could not be completed due to fading light.
A total of 66 players will now have to return on Saturday morning to finish their second round at the inaugural US$750,000 Asian Tour event.
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.
Scott Barr of Australia Scott Barr of Australia
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.
Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand
“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.
Jazz was staring at the prospect of returning with a very high score after chalking up five bogeys in his opening six holes.
The Thai, however managed to stage a remarkable comeback by firing four birdies in his inward-nine to return with a 71.
“To be able to fight back to even par on this kind of golf course is just brilliant. When I stumbled at the start, I told myself I need to make a comeback on my back nine which I did.
“It’s really important to stay patient out there. If I were to lose my head after that setback, I would have finished worse than this,” said Jazz.
Completed 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.
141 - Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 74-67.
142 - Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA) 71-71, Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 71-71, Siddikur RAHMAN (BAN) 71-71.
143 - Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 70-73.
144 - Josh YOUNGER (AUS) 73-71, Rashid KHAN (IND) 75-69, Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 76-68.
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.
146 - Chikka S. (IND) 76-70, Jbe KRUGER (RSA) 72-74, Abhijit CHADHA (IND) 72-74.
147 - Peter EROFEJEFF (FIN) 75-72, Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA) 73-74, LU Wei-chih (TPE) 74-73, Jyoti RANDHAWA (IND) 79-68, Seukhyun BAEK (KOR) 74-73, Bongsub KIM (KOR) 76-71.
Ends.
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
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.