Bjorn Takes Control

Sat 10 Nov 2012

Bjorn Takes Control

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Singapore, November 10: Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn edged closer to his first win in Asia when he posted a four-under-par 67 to take the second round lead after the weather-hit Barclays Singapore Open resumed on Saturday.
South Africa’s George Coetzee’s superb run of five straight birdies propelled him to a share of second place alongside England’s Chris Wood after posting the round’s lowest score of 63.
Italy’s Francesco Molinari signed for a 67 to take fourth place on 136 while crowd favourite Adam Scott, a three-time Barclays Singapore Open champion, delighted the crowd with his 66 to stay in touch with the leaders in equal fifth alongside England’s Simon Dyson at the Sentosa Golf Club.
With inclement weather forcing play to be abandoned on Friday, Bjorn had to return in the morning to start his second round.
The 41-year-old Dane quickly made up for lost time when he came out charging with birdies on holes two, 11, 12 and 14 to move atop the leaderboard.
“This course can very quickly bite you, especially if you don’t drive the ball well. The numbers can run up on this golf course, so you’ve got to stay with what you’re doing,” said Bjorn.
“I’ve enjoyed these two days, and it’s nice to play some good stuff but there’s still a long way to go in this golf tournament. I’ve got two good rounds in the bank but there’s a way to go,” added Bjorn.
Starting on the back-nine 10th, Coetzee birdied 11th and 16th.
The 26-year-old then ignited his charge with his remarkable run starting on the par-five 18th. He completed an eventful day when he carded a bogey-free round with his eighth and final birdie on the seventh hole.
“When I was standing on ninth tee, I thought to myself, I lipped out on five, six, eight and nine. If I’d made all them it could have been ten in a row. I’m quite happy with the way things are going and I’m enjoying the game. There’s another round to go, at least and I’ll be giving my best,” said Coetzee.
Wood, who was three-under through eight holes when play was suspended, birdied four of his last five holes to tie Coetzee in second place.
The Englishman knows he has to continue to remain cool in the heat to stay in contention for the Barclays Singapore Open title.
“It’s been a long week, but obviously when you’re in contention that’s where you want to be, so however long it is, I don’t mind as long as I’m there with a chance,” said Wood.
“In this heat it’s quite easy to lose your head, I really focused on staying patient and birdied the second, made one or two more coming in. To come out and shoot a good score today was my just deserts for the way I’ve played and the way I hung in mentally yesterday,” added Wood.
This year marks the 49th staging of the Singapore Open which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Leading scores after round 2 of the Barclays Singapore Open being played at the par 71, 7372 Yards The Serapong Sentosa GC course (a- denotes amateur):
133 - Thomas BJORN (DEN) 66-67.
135 - George COETZEE (RSA) 72-63, Chris WOOD (ENG) 70-65.
136 - Francesco MOLINARI (ITA) 69-67.
137 - Simon DYSON (ENG) 69-68, Adam SCOTT (AUS) 71-66.
138 - Rikard KARLBERG (SWE) 69-69, Matteo MANASSERO (ITA) 70-68, Anders HANSEN (DEN) 69-69, Chapchai NIRAT (THA) 65-73, Bernd WIESBERGER (AUT) 72-66, Shiv KAPUR (IND) 70-68, Michael HOEY (NIR) 72-66, Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL (THA) 67-71.
Selected scores
139 - Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 71-68, Louis OOSTHUIZEN (RSA) 70-69, S.S.P. CHOWRASIA (IND)
70-69
140 - Rory MCILROY (NIR) 70-70
143 - Phil MICKELSON (USA) 73-70
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