Lipsky leaps into contention #MaybankChampionship

Fri 10 Feb 2017

Lipsky leaps into contention #MaybankChampionship

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, February 10: American David Lipsky produced a flawless five-under-par 67 to set the clubhouse target early in the second round of the Maybank Championship on Friday.
The 2014 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion snared five birdies at the Saujana Golf and Country Club to reach nine-under-par 135 in the US$3 million showpiece sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Sam Brazel of Australia Sam Brazel of Australia
Indian duo Anirban Lahiri, the 2015 Asian Tour number one, and Shiv Kapur, Australia’s Sam Brazel, Italian Matteo Manassero and Germany’s Marcel Siem are two back of Lipsky with round two in progress.
Overnight leader Marc Warren of Scotland, who shot a sizzling 63 on Thursday, is currently on the course for his second round.
Lipsky, who holds two Asian Tour victories, produced three birdies in a row from the fifth hole and made four par saves to keep the bogeys off his card. He took only 27 putts throughout the day.
Quotes:
David Lipsky (USA) – Second Round 67 (-5), Total 135 (-9)
It was great today, a bogey-free 67, my game felt good. There was a little bit of a lull in the middle part but overall it was really good. Honestly, my short game has been the secret. I haven’t hit it amazingly, but I’ve got up and down most of the time and that’s kept me in it.
I played in Asia for a few years so I’m used to the heat, it’s better than the cold in my opinion so I’m enjoying it. I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend. It’s always fun to be in contention and I’m right up there right now so we’ll see what happens.”
Sam Brazel (Aus) – Second Round 71 (-1), Total 137 (-7)
It was good. Obviously my game wasn’t as good as yesterday, it was scrappy in patches but we ground it out. One under is the score. The greens quickened up downgrain today and into the grain will always be slow. I didn’t adjust too well on the greens but it is what it is.
Just keep plugging away and enjoy it out there. I was a bit hot tempered today, hopefully I’ll resolve that and enjoy it a bit more over the next two days and enjoy it and make a few more putts. It was my fault, wasn’t quite switched on mentally. We’ll just go out and have fun over the weekend. See if we can go out and make some birdies and see what happens.
Marcel Siem of Germany Marcel Siem of Germany
Shiv Kapur (Ind) – Second Round 67 (-5), Total 137 (-7)
It was pretty good. Started off with a bogey which is never a good thing but made eight birdies today which is a good thing. I played pretty well, holed the putts that I needed to. The greens are a bit more puttable this morning as obviously in the afternoon they’ll be a bit harder. Took advantage and made a few putts.
Great, anytime you finish well, you take a lot of positives into the weekend. I felt like I’m playing well but not really having the results in the past couple of weeks. It’s nice to actually put myself in position for once.
Holed a few more putts and being a bit more patient. Often in the past when I had a bad start, I would push a bit too hard but I just stuck to my game plan and let the putts drop.
I love it here. I’ve been playing here since my amateur days. I lost a tournament here in a play-off back in 2000 and I always liked this course. It fits my eye. In spite of the changes, it still works for me. There are a lot of shots you need to shape out there and I like to shape my shots both ways.
Anirban Lahiri (Ind) – Second Round (68 (-4), Total 137 (-7)
It was good, played quite solid especially on the front nine. A couple of loose shots on the back nine but all in all, it was pretty solid. Think I could have made a couple more coming in but it’s not a bad position to be in going into the weekend.
I think we enjoy playing out here. Malaysia is probably one of those places that brings out the best out from the Indian players. I think we’re comfortable in these grasses as well. Saujana is one of the tracks where a lot of players have played. I certainly have as an amateur and we’ve come back now and it’s probably one of those reasons.
I would have liked to be in a slightly better positions given the number of birdies I’ve made but all in all, I’m in a good position to make a run.
Anirban Lahiri of India Anirban Lahiri of India
Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) – Second Round 68 (-4), Total 139 (-5)
I think I played well. I think I hit 15 greens, putted better than yesterday. Hit a lot of fairways and greens. I need to hole a lot of putts to get my confidence back. I’ve now made the cut and if I can keep swinging it like today, I think I can catch up. My putting is getting better although I had another three putt today. I feel like it’s getting better. The pins are tough on some holes but it’s okay. I hit my irons so perfect today. Hit it so close on three holes. No complaints at hole.
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