Flawless Lin takes early lead #YeangderTPC

Thu 08 Oct 2015

Flawless Lin takes early lead #YeangderTPC

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Taipei, October 8: Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei produced a bogey-free five-under-par 67 to seize the  clubhouse lead in the ongoing first round at the US$500,000 Yeangder Tournament Players Championship on Thursday.
The six-time Asian Tour winner peppered the flags for close range birdies to lead by one-shot over countryman Hung Chien-yao, Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines, who finished second last year, Shaun Norris of South Africa and Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand.
Gaganjeet Bhullar of India, who won the event in 2012, Keith Horne of South Africa, Scott Barr of Australia and Hsu Hao-sheng of Chinese Taipei were a further shot back at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.
Lin took advantage of the calm morning conditions and played with conviction after enjoying a good night’s rest.
“I had a good rest last night so I felt good today. Overall my game was good so I had no bogeys. I hit it very close and that helped my round. My caddy was also helpful as she gave me all the correct lines on the greens!” said the Chinese Taipei ace.
His decision to travel less and focus on his health paid dividends as he returned with five birdies to put himself in position to win a first title this year.
“I haven’t played much on the Asian Tour because I used to get tired very easily when I travelled too often. Now I’ve been going to the gym for half a year and it has helped a lot. I’m 42 this year so I can’t keep playing and travelling,” said Lin.
Tabuena returned as a better player since his defeat to Prom Meesawat of Thailand last year. The 20-year-old dominated the local circuit in the Philippines, winning four times and securing the Order of Merit title.
“Last year was a bit of a heart break for me but you have to go through this experience. I’m definitely a better golfer now. I gained a few yards this year and I’m learning how to take advantage of that. It has been a combination of fitness and using the right equipment,” said Tabuena.
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