Barr rides on hot putter at #PhilippineOpen

Sat 19 Dec 2015

Barr rides on hot putter at #PhilippineOpen

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Tarlac, Philippines, December 19: Scott Barr of Australia rode on a hot putter to grab the second round clubhouse lead with a six-under-par 66 at the Philippine Open presented by ICTSI on Saturday.
Barr, who is searching for a first Asian Tour win, leads on nine-under-par 135, one-shot ahead of home favourite Miguel Tabuena and Kalle Samooja of Finland, who returned on 69 and 67 respectively in the US$300,000 Asian Tour event.
Keith Horne of South Africa, ranked 61st on the Order of Merit, took a step closer in securing his Tour card for next season as he posted a 68 to sit in fourth place at the Luisita Golf and Country Club. Players inside the top-63 on the final Merit rankings earn a full Asian Tour card for the 2016 season.
Barr, one spot outside the safety zone on the Order of Merit, rolled in 25 putts highlighted by a 15-foot eagle putt on the fifth hole to set the early pace.
“Obviously this is a huge week. For me I just want to play my best and it is going well. I’ll try and be aggressive tomorrow. The eagle was good because it pushed me further into the round,” said Barr.
He turned his fortunes around on the greens after receiving a putting tip from former Asian Tour member Ahmad Bateman.
“He helped me with some alignment issues that I was having and some simple drills. It is something akin to what I’ve done in the past. It gave me a lot of thoughts on how I used to roll it so well. Obviously when the putter starts rolling, the fairways get wider and everything gets easier,” said Barr.
Tabuena chipped-in for eagle on the last hole to stay in the hunt for a first Asian Tour win. The young Filipino was disappointed he did not take advantage of his birdie chances.
“I lipped out about five times and got frustrated. It is easy to lose your temper here because there are so many birdie holes and if you miss it, you will lose ground. I have to be as patient as possible tomorrow. There will be players who will try and force things. I’ve been in this position before and I know I can come out on top this time,” said Tabuena.
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