Koh and Fung stay in contention #HoTramOpen

Fri 04 Dec 2015

Koh and Fung stay in contention #HoTramOpen

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Ho Tram, Vietnam, December 4: Singapore’s Koh Deng Shan showed glimpses of his potential by moving into contention at the wind-interrupted Ho Tram Open on Friday.
The 27-year-old mastered gusty conditions at The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip by shooting three birdies in his opening eight holes before falling back with a double bogey on 13 at the US$1.5 million Asian Tour tournament.
With play suspended due to darkness, Koh stood at five-under, five back of clubhouse leader Lin Wen-tang, with two holes to complete on Saturday morning.
Koh lamented a lost ball on the 13th hole which resulted in a costly six.
Nicholas Fung of Malaysia Nicholas Fung of Malaysia
“I played the par-threes well. I knew the back nine would be tough especially when the wind was up. I was playing well before the suspension but I’m looking at it on positive side because the wind didn’t blow as strong as earlier,” he said.
“I got a little bit careless when I double bogeyed 13. I hit my tee shot thin and lost the ball. It was just one mistake all day, so I’ll accept that.”
He is still nursing a sore back which he picked up during warm up on Thursday but Koh, who opened with a 66, is prepared to play through the pain barrier.
“My back felt a bit better. It was a bit stiff in the first few holes so my caddy is still helping me pick up the ball from the cup,” he said.
Malaysian Nicholas Fung was among those tied with Koh on five-under. The former Asian Development Tour number one was one over through nine holes following one double bogey against two birdies.
"Shooting one over through nine holes is actually a very good score. It’s so windy this afternoon. I double bogeyed the fourth hole, pulled it left into the bushes and made a double from there as I needed a penalty drop," said Fung.
"This is the first time I’m playing in such windy conditions. I’ve been trying to hit low shots all the time. It’s not a shot that I’m used too. I’ve been trying that out at the driving range as I’ve never played in such conditions before. Hopefully in the morning, it won’t be so windy. It’s hard to swing in the wind, it’s like knocking you off and on with the gusts that comes in."
Ends.