Pan stays in chase of medal #OlympicGolf

Sat 13 Aug 2016

Pan stays in chase of medal #OlympicGolf

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Rio de Janeiro, August 12: Chinese Taipei's C.T. Pan battled to a second straight two-under-par 69 to keep alive his hopes of winning an Olympic medal at the men's golf competition on Friday.
Pan sank three birdies against a lone bogey at the Olympic Golf Course for a four-under-par 138 total to trail leader Marcus Fraser of Australia by six shots. Belgian Thomas Pieters is second a stroke back of Fraser while Open champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden is third on 134.
"Felt really good about my scoring.  Actually my putting was amazing. I made a lot of par putts on the tough holes, and that was great.  Just kept my momentum going," said Pan, who is currently the best placed Asian golfer in the competition.
With rain and winds greeting the players on Friday, Pan knuckled down to grind out a score to keep up with the hot pace set by the leaders.
"Today was tough conditions, and especially from 11 through 14, those were the toughest holes.  I hit 3-iron every single hole and it was pouring rain a lot of the time.  Making pars like that, definitely," he said.
Pan has been trying to soak in the Olympic atmosphere since arriving late on Tuesday following a  flight delay. "Missed a couple of the connection.  I kind of wish I was here earlier, so I get to spend more time  in the village and the golf course.  I wish I could get to meet a lot of great athletes out there.  But the whole experience, it's truly amazing," he said.
"It's great.  I haven't  got to meet a lot of athletes from different countries, but the whole experience is cool.  I've done this a couple times.  I've played the Asian Games, like the Olympic Games for Asia, in 2014," added Pan, who was a double gold medallist at the Asian Games.
Other Asian Scores:
T18: Byeonghun An (Kor) 68-72, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha) 71-69
T30: SSP Chawrasia (Ind) 71-71, Jeunghun Wang (Kor) 70-72
T37: Yuta Ikeda (Jpn) 74-69, Danny Chia (Mas) 73-70, Li Haoton (Chn) 70-73
T46: Wu Ashun (Chn) 74-71, Siddikur Rahman (Ban) 75-70, Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 70-75
T51: Gavin Green (Mas) 73-74, Anirban Lahiri (Ind) 74-73
T54: Miguel Tabuena (Phi) 73-75
60: Lin Wen-tang (Tpe) 77-77