Hend and Yang still ahead in Wentworth

Sat 28 May 2016

Hend and Yang still ahead in Wentworth

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May 28: Asian Tour star Scott Hend and honorary member Y.E. Yang stayed in the joint halfway lead at the BMW PGA Championship and were joined by Masters Tournament champion Danny Willet on Friday.
Hend, who has eight Asian Tour wins including this year’s True Thailand Classic, and Yang, the only Asian golfer to win a Major so far, carded matching three-under-par 69s at Wentworth Club which included an eagle each on their cards.
Willett moved into a share of the lead with a second round of 68.
Big-hitting Hend said he struggled with his ball striking during his round but was delighted to stay atop the leaderboard with Yang and Willet.
Scott Hend of Australia Scott Hend of Australia
“I’d been struggling all day to get the ball over the centre of the club, but I did as best as I could and it was a nice way to finish (with eagle). I hit a nice little sliding driver down there and sort of chunked a six iron, but it was nicely on the green. I knew I had a quick putt, so I just hit it where I thought it could go and it rolled all the way. It was a good result considering I was floundering coming down the last few holes, and it’s positive going into the weekend,” said the Aussie.
Yang is trying to recapture the form that saw him win the 2009 PGA Championship and kept himself in the hunt for a first title since 2010.
“I was angry after dropping a shot on 17 so it was nice to finish with a birdie on 18. It was a very good bunker shot. Everything is feeling very positive and I’m very happy with my position going into the weekend,” said the Korean.
Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat stayed in the hunt with a 71 keeping him in a share of tied sixth place.
On the PGA Tour, India’s Anirban Lahiri stayed in contention at the Dean and Deluca Invitational where he stood three shots off the lead after playing 12 holes of his second round which was suspended due to bad weather.
Lahiri was one under for the day and six under for the tournament and trails leader Bryce Molder by three shots.
Round 1 
England, May 27: Australian Scott Hend and Y.E. Yang of Korea fired matching seven-under-par 65s to share the opening round lead with Dutchman Joost Luiten at the BMW PGA Championship on Thursday.
The big-hitting Hend, an eight-time Asian Tour winner, nailed eight birdies against a lone bogey at Wentworth Club to match Yang, the first Asian to win a Major at the 2009 US PGA Championship.
"I tried to play aggressive last year and it really doesn't work," said the 43-year-old Hend, who missed the cut on his debut last year. "So I thought I'd just be a little bit cautious (off the tee) and a bit more aggressive into the greens. We'll see how that plays out during the week.”
"There are three more days to go but I'm comfortable wherever I'm playing, whether I'm running last or whether I'm running first. Just put one foot in front of the other and keep going,” added Hend.
Yang, an honorary member of the Asian Tour, was equally impressive as he carded eight birdies against one bogey which came on the first hole.
Over in the United States, reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Anirban Lahiri posted an opening five-under-par 65 to sit in tied-second place at the Dean and Deluca Invitational on Thursday.
The 28-year-old Indian, ranked 56th on the Official World Golf Ranking, traded seven birdies against two bogeys to trail leader Bryce Molder of the United States by one shot at the Colonial Country Club.
"I hit it pretty good all day," Lahiri said. "I got my focus back after that miss on one and got rolling. The last nine holes we played were ideal for scoring. If you can find enough fairways you can really take advantage."
"You have to think your way around. I really enjoy tracks like this. It reminds me of the Delhi Golf Club, which is one of my favourite courses back home in India," added Lahiri.
Ends.