Lin Shifts Into Top Gear

Fri 02 Oct 2009

Lin Shifts Into Top Gear

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Taipei, October 2: Home favourite Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei blasted a six-under-par 66 to take a share of the morning lead with Thailand?s Kwanchai Tannin after the completeion of the morning second round at the US$500,000 Mercuries Taiwan Masters on Friday.
Despite having to battle the windy conditions at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club, Kwanchai matched Lin?s score by returning with a similar 66 for the pair to hold a four-shot lead over Tsai Chi-huang of Chinese Taipei on seven-under-par 137.
Tsai added a 72 to his opening 69 to take third place on 141 while defending champion Lu Wen-teh and Hsu Mong-nan of Chinese Taipei are a further shot back in tied-fourth on 142.
Starting his round in tied-10th, Lin began his surge up the leaderboard with an opening birdie followed by an eagle on the par-four three. He continued his birdie blitz on the sixth and eighth to reach the turn in 31.
Lin?s sparkling round continued with further birdies on the 10th and 11th before a lone bogey on the 15th marred his otherwise perfect card.
?I?m very happy with how I?ve played despite the windy conditions today. The wind directions were constantly changing and it was difficult to control my shots,? said Lin, a four-time Asian Tour winner.
?It?s nice to be back on top especially when you?re playing in front of the home crowd this week. I?ll continue to do my best and hope for a good result this weekend,? added Lin.
Kwanchai produced a stellar performance of his own when he mixed seven birdies and one bogey to put himself in contention for his maiden win on the Asian Tour.
The 23-year-old Thai who is also the nephew of Thai star and six-time Asian Tour winner Prayad Marksaeng, nailed a birdie on the par-four three before his lone bogey on the fourth brought him back to even-par.
Kwanchai however, answered with another assured display on the sixth when he saw his putt dropped for another birdie from 10 feet.
The Thai stormed home in his inward-nine after firing another five birdies on the 11th, 13th, 15th, 17th and 18th.
?I played very well today. I hit onto the fairways for most of my shots and my putting was in top form,? said Kwanchai.
With an impending typhoon threatening to head towards Taipei over the weekend, it will be an astute test of skills and determination for the weekend field as they will have to combat the swirling winds expected to blow across the Tamsui course at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club.
?Normally before a typhoon heads our way, there?ll be very strong winds. We?ve already experienced the windy conditions this morning and I think it?ll get stronger this weekend. Whoever can cope better in these conditions will stand a chance of winning this tournament,? said Lu.
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