"Khan, Edberg and Bhasin Have Fighting Chance"

Thu 17 Jan 2013

"Khan, Edberg and Bhasin Have Fighting Chance"

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Hua Hin, Thailand, January 17: India’s Rashid Khan, Pelle Edberg of Sweden and Australian Kunal Bhasin are among those who kept their Asian Tour cards bid alive in the second round of the Qualifying School First Stage Section B on Thursday.
However, the story of the day belonged to Matt Johnston of Canada who posted a six-under-par 66 for a two-shot lead over Australian amateur Daniel Bringolf at the Imperial Lakeview Golf Club.
Johnston registered an 11-under-par 133 total while highly rated Khan, aiming for a spot in the Qualifying School Final Stage presented by Sports Authority of Thailand for the third consecutive year, was a further eight shots back in tied eighth place.
A total of 83 players made the halfway cut at Imperial Lakeview with the cut set at six-over-par 150.
At the Springfield Royal Country Club, French amateur Lionel Weber and South African Bryce
Easton kept their noses in front for the second straight day.
The duo fired matching three-under-par 69s to lead on 12-under-par 132 while former European Tour player Edberg, who registered a 64, was a further shot back.
After losing his Asian Tour card in 2012, Bhasin is aiming for a swift return on the region’s elite circuit as he shot a 70 for tied 11th place.
A total of 81 players made the halfway cut which was set at six-over-par 150.
After four rounds, the top 15% players from each venue will qualify for the all-important Final Stage which will be held at Imperial Lakeview and Springfield Royal next week.
The top-40 and ties from the Final Stage will earn playing rights on the new 2013 Asian Tour season.
Players who play in the Qualifying School are also eligible to play in the Asian Development Tour (ADT) which will be afforded with Official World Golf Ranking points starting this season.
Ends.
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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), BlackBerry (Official Communications Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.