Flint and Wisut Share Honours

Fri 31 Jul 2009

Flint and Wisut Share Honours

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Bandar Seri Begawan, July 31: Australia?s Gavin Flint continued to stay in the hunt for his maiden win on the Asian Tour by taking a share of the second round lead with Thailand?s Wisut Artjanawat at the Brunei Open 2009 on Friday.
The Singapore-based Australian posted a three-under-par 68 for a two-day total of 10-under-par 132 to head into the third round of the US$300,000 full field Asian Tour event with Wisut as joint-leaders.
Fellow compatriot Scott Barr carded a 67 to stay one shot behind the duo on 133 while overnight joint-leader Ted Oh of Korea and Philippines? Jay Bayron are tied for fourth on 134.
Flint remained on course for his career breakthrough on the Asian Tour despite having to battle the unpredictability of the wind directions which swept across the Empire Hotel and Country Club in the afternoon.
?It got really windy on the back-nine which made things very tough. My shots in the last five holes pretty much went straight into the wind. I glad I managed to hang in there right till the end,? said Flint.
The 27-year-old Australian who started on the back-nine, birdied the 10th and 12th before starting to make pars from the 13th.
Flint dropped a shot on the 18th but made a quick recovery with successive birdies from the first to third at the start of his homeward run.
He dropped another shot at the par-four sixth before returning in 68.
?I think you just have to be tough and hang in there. I?ll try to keep the ball as low as possible and keep attacking the pins as there are so many people staying very close at the top,? said Flint of his strategy for the weekend.
Wisut  who started his round in tied-11th,  stormed up the leaderboard quickly by making his charge with six birdies in his opening front-nine to reach the turn in 29 for the outright lead in the morning.
The 27-year-old Thai continued to hold on to his morning lead when he posted another birdie on the 11th. A closing bogey on the 18th however, spoilt his otherwise blemish-free card.
?It was another good round for me today and I hope that I can continue playing as well as what I?ve done for the past two days,? said Wisut.
Like Flint, who is seeking his first win on the Asian Tour, Barr also remained in contention after a sparkling bogey-free round that was highlighted by four birdies.
?I found that the winds made today?s play very difficult. The wind directions seemed to change through the valleys and hills, but I guess I wasn?t the only one who was having a problem with it,? said Barr.
?Overall, I?m enjoying the week here. I managed to putt well and hit a few good shots whenever I can and I?m looking forward to the weekend,? added the Australian.
Bayron also made a charge of his own by firing three successive birdies starting from the sixth to eighth to reach the turn in 32.
The Filipino then registered three more birdies on the 12th, 13th and 15th before dropping a shot on the 16th for his only bogey of the day.
He recovered quickly with another birdie on the 17th to reach home in 65.
?My ball striking and course management were excellent today. There were a couple of shots that I thought would have required two-putts but I managed to convert them in one,? said Bayron.
Australia?s Rick Kulacz will not be defending his title after he posted two-day scores of 70 and 73 to miss the weekend cut which was set at one-under.
A total of 67 players including Singapore?s amateur, Choo Tze Huang will be featuring in the weekend rounds.
Australia?s Tony Carolan withdrew due to a back injury while Colombia?s Eduardo Herrera had to retire because of heat stroke.
Brunei Shell Petroleum will title sponsor the Brunei Open while other partners include Brunei Tourism, under the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources, The Empire Hotel and Country Club, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Brunei Darussalam Golf Association, Cross Creek and Srixon.
Leading second round scores
132 - Wisut Artjanawat (THA) 67-65, Gavin Flint (AUS) 64-68
133 - Scott Barr (AUS) 66-67
134 - Jay Bayron (PHI) 69-65, Ted Oh (KOR) 64-70
135 - Shaaban Hussin (MAS) 67-68, Marcus Both (AUS) 68-67, Kodai Ichihara (JPN) 71-64,David Gleeson (AUS) 66-69, Thaworn Wiratchant (THA) 68-67
136 - Mardan Mamat (SIN) 65-71,Sattaya Supupramai (THA) 67-69,Boonchu Ruangkit (THA) 65-71, Lu Chien-soon (TPE) 65-71,Mo Joong-kyung (KOR) 67-69, Juvic Pagunsan (PHI) 68-68
137 - Siddikur   (BAN) 68-69, Mars Pucay (PHI) 69-68, George Coetzee (RSA) 72-65, Steven Tiley (ENG) 66-71
Selected scores
138 - Gaganjeet Bhullar (IND) 67-71, Wu Ashun (CHN) 69-69
Ends.
About the Brunei Open 2009
The Brunei Open is celebrating its fifth anniversary following its historic launch in 2005. The Championship is organised by Brunei Tourism under the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources and the Ministry of Youth and Sports and will once again be staged at the award-winning The Empire Hotel and Country Club, Asia?s Ultimate Golf, Spa & Family Beach Resort which is a signature Jack Nicklaus course. The Brunei Open 2009 sponsors are Brunei Shell Petroleum Sdn Bhd (Title Sponsor); The Empire Hotel and Country Club (Host Venue and Official Hotel), Srixon (Official Ball), Cross Creek (Official Apparel), CityNeon (Official Contractor), Ricoh (Official Office Solutions), Cleveland and 100Plus. The Brunei Open is sanctioned by the Asian Tour, which is the governing body for professional tournament golf in Asia and locally by the Brunei Darussalam Golf Association.
About Brunei Tourism
Brunei Darussalam, a peaceful and wealthy kingdom on the northern shores of Borneo, is known for having one of the most pristine tropical rainforest environments anywhere, as well as for the pomp and opulence of its centuries old monarchy, steeped in ancient Malay traditions. With easy international direct access through its Royal Brunei Airlines carrier and other regional airlines, and with an up-market product and image appealing to discerning travellers, Brunei is an exciting and safe new destination waiting to be discovered. For more information on Brunei please visit www.bruneitourism.travel
About Brunei Shell Petroleum
Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP), a dynamic, world-class company and one of the biggest energy companies in Asia, have a long standing history in Brunei of more than 75 years and are at the leading edge of energy technology putting the safety and environment at the heart of everything and invests in the people and community of Brunei.
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 ESPN Star Sports (Official Regional TV Broadcaster), Pin High (Official Apparel Partner), Ricoh (Official Office Solutions Provider) and Srixon (Official Ball). Sentosa, Singapore?s premier island resort getaway, is the Home of the Asian Tour.