Lin Battles to Take Early Lead

Fri 11 Sep 2009

Lin Battles to Take Early Lead


Macau, September 11: Chinese Taipei's Lin Wen-hong recovered from an early bogey to take the clubhouse lead after inclement weather forced the morning second round to be suspended at the US$500,000 Macau Open on Friday.

Lin fired five birdies en route to a four-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke lead over Angelo Que of Philippines who returned with a 68 at the par-71 Macau Golf & Country Club.


Flamboyant Jean Van De Velde of France, playing on a sponsors' invite at the full field Asian Tour event, stayed in touch with Lin on 137 alongside Chinese Taipei's Lu Wen-teh while Korea's Young Nam is a further stroke behind on 69.

Play was suspended at 9.05am (Singapore time) and resumed approximately an hour later, but the stoppage of play failed to disrupt the concentration of Lin who sank five birdies on the second, eighth, 11th, 13th and 18th holes.

"Like the Chinese saying, water means fortune and when the rain came down, I started to make birdies! You tend to focus more especially when playing in such wet and windy conditions and I guess that extra focus played a part in my good score," said the 30-year-old who is seeking his maiden win on the Asian Tour.


Lin credited his elder brother Lin Wen-tang, a four-time Asian Tour winner, as he looks to him for inspiration and advice. "My elder brother has always been a good influence and source of motivation for me. I look up to him as he's really a dedicated professional and like him, I hope to win a title on the Asian Tour too," said Lin.


Que, who started on the back nine, managed to find only four fairways but he wielded a hot putter as he sank two 30 feet putts on the fourth and 14th holes.


"The one hour rest helped my game because I didn't sleep too well. The sun was out when we started and it got things going. My main goal right now is to try and get in the WGC-HSBC Champions. If I win this week then I am good but if not, I aim to finish at least in the top three to give myself a chance and improve my position on the merit," said Que, who is currently lying in 10th place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.


Van De Velde started his round brilliantly with four consecutive birdies starting from the second hole only to drop two shots on the 10th and 14th holes before sinking a superb eagle three on the 18th hole after his approach shot landed 15 feet behind the green.


"The rain was really pouring down and it was really difficult to control my ball and was struggling to hit it straight. It was really blowing and raining hard and I think it disrupted everybody's game. I was more consistent with my putting compared to yesterday where I missed easy putts so that's what really kept me going," said the Frenchman, a two-time winner in Europe.




About the Macau Open
The Macau Open is celebrating its 12th anniversary this year. Supported by the Macau Sports Development Board, the tournament will be staged at the Macau Golf and Country Club from September 10-13. Former champions include Lee Westwood and Simon Dyson of England, Colin Montgomerie of Scotland, Kane Webber of Australia, two-time winner Zhang Lian Wei of China and last year's winner David Gleeson of Australia. The US$500,000 Macau Open is the 15th leg of this season's Asian Tour Schedule with Srixon (Official Ball) and Holiday Inn (Official Hotel) as its sponsors. The Asian Tour is the official regional sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia.


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 ESPN Star Sports (Official Regional TV Broadcaster), Pin High (Official Apparel Partner), Ricoh (Official Office Solutions Provider) and Srixon (Official Ball). Sentosa, Singapore's premier island resort getaway, is the Home of the Asian Tour.