Liang overcomes fatigue for clubhouse lead #SingOpen

Sat 30 Jan 2016

Liang overcomes fatigue for clubhouse lead #SingOpen

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Sentosa, Singapore, January 30: China’s Liang Wen-chong broke through the fatigue barrier by carding a four-under-par 67 to snatch the clubhouse lead before the third round of the SMBC Singapore Open was suspended due to darkness on Saturday.
SINGAPORE_300116_LIANG_WEN_CHONG_012 Liang Wen-chong of China
Liang played a marathon 31 holes at the Serapong Course, Sentosa Golf Club after inclement weather during the first two rounds had led to lengthy delays at the US$1 million event which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO).
Second round leader Younghan Song of Korea mixed two birdies against two bogey to be on nine-under through 13 holes while world number Jordan Spieth remained in contention at six-under with two holes left to play.
A total of 15 players will return at 7.30am to complete their third round with the final round scheduled to commence at 8.20am with no re-draw.
Liang, the 2007 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, returned early in the morning to complete 13 holes from his second round where he signed for a flawless 67.
After a quick lunch break, the Chinese was back at the starting tee again.
He charged out of the blocks quickly with three birdies in his opening four holes but dropped a shot on the fifth.
Liang then struggled to keep his focus but was eventually rewarded with two more birdies in his last three holes.“I played 31 holes today and to be honest, I was feeling tired towards the end of the round. I’m happy I managed to birdie 16 and 18 coming in as those birdies gave me that much-needed confidence boost for tomorrow,SINGAPORE_300116_YOUNGHAN_SONG_014” said Liang, who signed for a three-day total of eight-under-par 205.
“I started off really well with three birdies in first four holes but dropped a bogey on the fifth. After that, I couldn’t find those birdie opportunities and was glad they finally came again on 16 and 18. I’ll try my best tomorrow,” added Liang.
Despite having to endure a long wait, Song believes he can still surmount a challenge to win the SMBC Singapore Open title.
“It did not help me that much not having played this morning as I had to wait about a long time for my tee off. I have had many second place finishes in Japan and Korea but I do not think that will affect me (mentally) tomorrow.  It would be great to win here and that’s my aim.”
Ends.
Leading scores after round 3 of the SMBC Singapore Open being played at the par 71, 7398 Yards Sentosa GC course (am - denotes amateur):
205 - LIANG Wen-chong (CHN) 71-67-67.
207 - Jeunghun WANG (KOR) 73-67-67, LEE Won-joon (AUS) 71-69-67, Akio SADAKATA (JPN) 70-71-66.
208 - Berry HENSON (USA) 66-73-69, Jinho CHOI (KOR) 69-69-70, Brett MUNSON (USA) 71-67-70.
209 - Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 72-67-70.
210 - Daisuke KATAOKA (JPN) 72-68-70, Soomin LEE (KOR) 70-70-70, Masahiro KAWAMURA (JPN) 70-70-70, Yoshinori FUJIMOTO (JPN) 74-68-68, Chapchai NIRAT (THA) 69-70-71, Yuta IKEDA (JPN) 70-69-71, Yusaku MIYAZATO (JPN) 71-68-71.
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About the Singapore Golf Association
The Singapore Golf Association was registered on 5 October 1961 with the objective of encouraging and promoting the game of golf in Singapore. From a small association of golf clubs, SGA has grown to its present size comprising 13 Ordinary Members, 10 Associate Members and 5 Affiliate Members.  Its constitution was amended in 2001 to enable golf clubs without real estate to join SGA as Associate Members. This allowed the general golfing public to obtain and maintain a golf handicap without having to be members of golf and country clubs.  In 2010, the constitution was again amended to accept Affiliate Members which are any body, society, organisation or commercial entity committed to furthering the interest of the sport of golf to join SGA. SGA is a member of the International Golf Federation, Asia Pacific Golf Confederation and ASEAN Golf Federation.  As the governing body of golf, it is also an Affiliate Member of the Singapore Sports Council and the Singapore National Olympic Council.
About the Japan Golf Tour Organization
Originally founded in 1999, the Japan Golf Tour Organization (JGTO) is the governing body for professional golf tournaments in Japan and aims to promote and develop golf throughout both Japan and the rest of the world. The JGTO is committed to partnering with new promoters and sponsors to develop more opportunities for their members to play and increase golfing standards.  As a member of the International Federation, official events on the Japan Golf Tour allow players to earn World Ranking points, and success on the tour may support members to qualify for the majors and WGC tournaments.
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), 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/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.
About Sentosa Golf Club
One of the most established golf clubs in Singapore, Sentosa Golf Club has more than 1,500 members, many of whom are prominent personalities from influential circles. It hosted Asia’s richest national tournament, the Singapore Open for eight years, where international star players and world-class golf professionals from Asia, Europe and the USA descended on its championship greens to putt for the generous prize purse. Offering more than just a good game of golf, the Club also has excellent meeting and banquet facilities for corporate networking as well as high-end dining options such as the quintessential Japanese cuisine at the Sushi Kondo Restaurant and Italian fare at the highly-acclaimed ilLido restaurant.