Garcia and Wi stalk Lin at #HoTramOpen

Sat 05 Dec 2015

Garcia and Wi stalk Lin at #HoTramOpen

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Ho Tram, Vietnam, December 5: Sergio Garcia of Spain and Charlie Wi of Korea charged into contention at the US$1.5 million Ho Tram Open after completing the second round on Saturday morning.
The world number 12 Garcia birdied the closing two holes for a three-under-par 68 while Wi, who shot a sparkling 62 in the first round, returned with a 72, thanks to one eagle and two birdies in his last five holes.
They are currently tied on eight-under-par 134 and trail Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei, who finished his round on Friday, by two shots at the picturesque The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip. Officials suspended play yesterday due to darkness. A total of 58 players returned at 630am to complete their rounds.
Himmat Rai (69) of India, reigning Order of Merit winner David Lipsky (70) of the United States, Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung (70) and Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant (71) and Chawalit Plaphol (67) shared fourth place on 135, three shots back from the lead.
Sergio Garcia of Spain Sergio Garcia of Spain
Garcia struggled when he returned to the 13th hole but recovered nicely to stay in the title hunt. “I didn’t hit the ball well this morning. I hit a couple of better shots coming in. My first three holes weren’t very good. At least it was a good way to finish the round after three-putting for par on 16. I need to play better this afternoon to be up there.”
Korea’s Wi endured a disappointing first nine where he turned in 40 in windy conditions on Friday but took advantage of the calmer morning as he eagled the fifth hole from 15 feet and added two birdies on seven and nine.
“Yesterday was so difficult. I hit it very well from tee to green but it was so difficult to putt. I did a lot of damage yesterday but I was able to come out and take advantage of the course conditions this morning,” said Wi.
Thaworn, a two-time Asian Tour number one, bogeyed the last hole but he remains within striking distance. “The 18th hole was playing slightly long for me but that’s okay. I played nicely and I’m in a good position. It will be a good weekend for me,” said the Thai, who turns 49 later this month.
Scores after round 2 of the Ho Tram Open being played at the par 71, 6797 Yards The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip course (am - denotes amateur):
132 - LIN Wen-tang (TPE) 65-67.
134 - Charlie WI (KOR) 62-72, Sergio GARCIA (ESP) 66-68.
135 - Himmat RAI (IND) 66-69, Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 64-71, David LIPSKY (USA) 65-70, Chawalit PLAPHOL (THA) 68-67, Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 65-70.
136 - Paul PETERSON (USA) 66-70, Siddikur RAHMAN (BAN) 69-67.
137 - Danthai BOONMA (THA) 64-73, Shaun NORRIS (RSA) 66-71.
138 - Sam CYR (USA) 69-69, Terry PILKADARIS (AUS) 71-67, KOH Deng Shan (SIN) 67-71, Jason KNUTZON (USA) 66-72, Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 68-70.
139 - Andrew RAITT (ENG) 73-66, Simon Yates (SCO) 73-66, Geoff OGILVY (AUS) 69-70, Antonio LASCUNA (PHI) 67-72, Juvic PAGUNSAN (PHI) 66-73, Thomas BJORN (DEN) 69-70, Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) 66-73, Mithun PERERA (SRI) 71-68.