Lin stands his ground at #HoTramOpen

Fri 04 Dec 2015

Lin stands his ground at #HoTramOpen

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Ho Tram, Vietnam, December 4: Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei overcame the gusty conditions to return with a four-under-par 67 and grab the second round clubhouse lead at the Ho Tram Open on Friday.
The six-time Asian Tour winner held his ground as the wind speed averaged up to 15 to 20 miles-per-hour at the US$1.5 million event, which is the richest full-field tournament on the Asian Tour this year.
Lin leads by three shots in the on-going second round on 10-under-par 132 as Himmat Rai of India posted a 69 at the picturesque The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip. Paul Peterson of the United States, ranked sixth on the Order of Merit, battled to a 70 to trail the leader by four shots.
Himmat Rai of India Himmat Rai of India
As with most players playing in the morning, Lin was expecting ideal scoring conditions but was caught by surprise by the gust.
“Who said there is no wind in the morning?” laughed Lin. “The wind was definitely blowing stronger than yesterday afternoon. I would really like to see what Charlie Wi will shoot later,” he said of the first day leader Wi, who shot an opening 62.
He was on four-under after 10 holes but picked up two bogeys in the middle of the round which he erased with birdies on holes six and eight to put himself in prime position to end a two-year title drought on the Asian Tour.
“I played for five holes and there was no wind. For that early few holes the course was easy but the wind started to pick up. It was crazy windy but I birdied six and eight to finish my round so that was good.
“The wind made it very difficult. I had some putts which I read the line very clearly but the wind blew my ball slightly off track,” said the 42-year-old.
Rai, who won his first Asian Tour title in 2011, fired four birdies which included three in a row from the fifth hole against two bogeys to charge into contention.
Paul Peterson of USA Paul Peterson of USA
“Nice to be on leaderboard. I think I’ve got a good strategy for the course and I’m playing the wind well. Just playing percentage golf and it’s been working. There are a few courses where you kind of see them and I’ve got a good game plan for this course. I feel comfortable on the golf course,” said the 28-year-old Rai.
I feel like I haven’t had a break out here. The score showed yesterday that they had better scoring conditions in the morning so when I woke up this morning, I thought let’s take advantage of the course but I don’t think the wind gave us that opportunity today.
With five top-10 results on the Asian Tour this year, Peterson has another crack at winning his first professional title after opening with two birdies. His only blemish of the day was on hole three.
“I feel like I haven’t had a break out here. The score showed yesterday that they had better scoring conditions in the morning so when I woke up this morning, I thought let’s take advantage of the course but I don’t think the wind gave us that opportunity today,” said Peterson, a southpaw golfer.
Ends.