Hung hurries into halfway lead #VenetianMacaoOpen

Fri 16 Oct 2015

Hung hurries into halfway lead #VenetianMacaoOpen

  • SHARE
Macao, October 16: Chinese Taipei’s Hung Chien-yao produced a scintillating seven-under-par 64 to snatch a one-shot halfway lead from title holder Anirban Lahiri of India at the Venetian Macao Open on Friday.
The unheralded 23-year-old enjoyed a flawless round with seven birdies at the Macau Golf and Country Club to lead the US$1 million Asian Tour tournament with a two-day total of 10-under-par 132.
Indian star Lahiri, who featured in the Presidents Cup last week, was amongst those bunched in tied second place following a 67 while others chasing Hung include Korea’s Jeunghun Wang (68), Brazilian Adilson Da Silva (65) and Chiragh Kumar of India (66).
Anirban Lahiri of India Anirban Lahiri of India
Australian Scott Hend, winner here in 2013 and runner-up to Lahiri last season, stayed in the hunt with a 68 leaving him two back with countryman Sam Brazel, who charged up the leaderboard with a 66.
Hung, who finished tied fifth at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters two weeks ago, said playing with no expectation has been the secret to his good run at the Venetian Macao Open.
“Everything feels good. Driver, irons and putting were good, especially the putting,” said Hung who is leading for the first time on the Asian Tour. “I didn’t push myself and didn’t tell myself that I have to play good. I was relaxed and enjoyed the day. The first six months of the year, I was giving myself too much pressure.”
A lesson with short game guru Dave Stockton in the U.S. recently also put some perspective in Hung’s game. “I changed my attitude. I had a lesson with Dave Stockton and he’s telling me that that we’re humans and we make mistakes and that we should enjoy our golf. I just found my confidence back. I know Anirban from a long time and he’s a superstar right now. I’ll try to learn from him if we play together.”
World number 39 Lahiri accumulated an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys to stay on track to successfully defend his title. The Indian star was disappointed though to drop a shot at his last hole.
“It leaves a bad taste in the mouth. I hit a good drive and just got stuck in a terrible lie and it was a bad five,” Lahiri said. “I think I played well, pretty similar to yesterday. But the couple of times I missed the fairway, I found some difficult lies in the rough.”
Jeunghun Wang of Korea Jeunghun Wang of Korea
A four iron approach from 241 yards out set him up for easy eagle and the current Order of Merit leader is hoping his putter will find its full range this weekend. “Every time I hit it close, I didn’t make a putt. I’m in a similar position again (as last year). Hopefully I don’t make these silly mistakes,” he said.
The 20-year-old Wang was poised to finish atop the leaderboard but dropped two shots in his last three holes. “I had a bad finish. I’m not feeling good. Feel so bad,” said Wang, who is searching for a maiden win. “Tomorrow, I don’t want to do stupid things like seven and nine. Just play my best, play my game.”
Unlike Wang, Adilson, a multiple winner on the South African Tour, holed some bombs, including a 30-footer on 18 to move into contention for a first Asian Tour win. “My putting has been iffy for weeks and I’ve been making those five six footers that I’ve been missing which makes a big difference. I’ve changed one or two things, trying to get back to my old style of putting. I’m just trying to feel how I used to putt.”
Big-hitting Hend is where he wants to be going into the weekend. “I’m swinging it great, chipping it great, putting it great and hitting my irons good. It’s all about the mental part of the game to keep it going. If I can be mentally at ease, get the process going and not think about the outcome, I normally play quite well,” said the Aussie.
Scott Hend of Australia Scott Hend of Australia
The halfway cut was set at 142 which saw four-time Major winner Ernie Els miss the mark by one short after a 69 while former two-time champion Zhang Lian-wei of China also saw his record of not missing a cut end in Macao come to an end after he also missed by one shot following a 72.
The Venetian Macao Open is organised by the Macao Sport Development Board of Macao SAR Government and the Golf Association of Macau. Sanctioned by the latter and the Asian Tour, The Venetian® Macao is supporting the iconic event as title sponsor for the fourth successive year.
For more details on the Venetian Macao Open, please visit: www.thevenetianmacaoopen.com.
Scores after round 2 of the Venetian Macau Open 2015 being played at the par 71, 6,604 Yards Macau GCC course (am - denotes amateur):
132 - HUNG Chien-yao (TPE) 68-64.
133 - Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 66-67, Jeunghun WANG (KOR) 65-68, Chiragh KUMAR (IND) 67-66, Adilson DA SILVA (BRA) 68-65.
134 - Scott HEND (AUS) 66-68, Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 68-66.
135 - Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA) 64-71, Rahil GANGJEE (IND) 67-68, LEE Sung (KOR) 70-65, Rashid KHAN (IND) 70-65.
136 - Charlie WI (KOR) 67-69, Terry PILKADARIS (AUS) 69-67.
137 - Paul PETERSON (USA) 70-67, Ben LEONG (MAS) 71-66, Arnond VONGVANIJ (THA) 69-68, Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) 69-68, Abhijit CHADHA (IND) 67-70.
138 - Peter EROFEJEFF (FIN) 72-66, Steve LEWTON (ENG) 72-66, Jaco AHLERS (RSA) 68-70, David LIPSKY (USA) 71-67, LIANG Wen-chong (CHN) 69-69, S.S.P CHAWRASIA (IND) 70-68, Niall TURNER (IRL) 70-68, Masahiro KAWAMURA (JPN) 67-71, Javi COLOMO (ESP) 66-72, LEE Chieh-po (TPE) 68-70, Akinori TANI (JPN) 70-68.
About Macao Sport Development Board of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government
Macao Sport Development Board, under the capacity of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, is a public organization of administration autonomy. The organization is responsible for the implementation of sport strategy and policy formulated by the Macao SAR Government. Its objective is to stimulate, encourage, and promote all kind of sports in Macao, also to create an essential condition for sport development.
For the development of competitive sports and ‘Sport for all’, the Macao Sport Development Board organizes various high level international sport competitions as well as recreational classes and thematic ‘Sport for all’ activities each year, in an endeavor to promote the international status of Macao, reinforce communication and co-operation with other countries and cites, enhance citizens’ quality of life and arouse their interest in sport, so as to accelerate and facilitate the enhancement of the level of sport in Macao.
For more information, please visit www.sport.gov.mo
About Golf Association of Macau
Founded in 2000, the Golf Association of Macao is a non-profit organization, with the mission to promote, support and ensure the quality, traditions and development of the game of golf in Macao.
With the mission to encourage and promote golf in Macao, it provides coaching, training and selection of the Macao teams for participation in international events at all levels, and promotes and runs appropriate international and domestic golfing events in Macao, which helps to represent Macao in the golfing world and be a member of appropriate regional and world governing bodies.
About The Venetian® Macao
Opened in 2007, The Venetian® Macao is Macao's first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat Cotai Arena designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital & Spa; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 350 retailers at Shoppes at Venetian. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.
For more information, please visit www.venetianmacao.com.
About Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao – Sands China’s Integrated Resort City
Sands China Ltd. is the leading developer, owner and operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The befittingly named Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao, situated on reclaimed land between the islands of Coloane and Taipa, is the one destination that provides a stunning array of experiences at the heart of Cotai. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao has transformed a day-trip market into an integrated resort city and international hub for business and leisure travellers.
Pulsating with life, both night and day, Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao features an expansive offering of affordable luxury available nowhere else in Macao, with approximately 9,000 hotel rooms and suites, international superstar live entertainment, duty-free shopping with more than 650 retailers offering an unparalleled array of name brands, 1.5 million square feet (120,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space for Asia’s leading conferences and exhibitions, transportation offerings and well over 120 dining options, including Michelin-starred restaurants, bars and lounges. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is a must-go destination providing every guest with an unforgettable experience and unparalleled excitement.
Comprised of The Venetian® Macao; The Plaza™ Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip; and Sands® Cotai Central, featuring the world’s largest Conrad, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn hotels Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is where Asia’s ultimate destination is all within reach. And coming in 2016... the crowning achievement of Sheldon G. Adelson’s vision of the Cotai Strip… The Parisian Macao.
Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao… Be at the Centre of It All! For more information, please visit http://en.sandsresortsmacao.com.
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 FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiangolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour, and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf
About IMG
IMG is a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, operating in more than 25 countries. The company represents and manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages thousands of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is the world’s largest independent producer and distributor of sports media. IMG also specializes in sports training; league development; and marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, the world’s leading entertainment agency, to form WME | IMG.