Patient Barr stays in contention #WorldClassic

Fri 13 Nov 2015

Patient Barr stays in contention #WorldClassic

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Singapore, November 13: Singapore-based Australian Scott Barr kept a cool head amidst the tough scoring conditions to shoot an even-par 71 at the halfway stage of the World Classic Championship at Laguna National on Friday.
Scott Barr of Australia Scott Barr of Australia
Barr, who held a share of the overnight lead, traded two birdies against two bogeys for a two-under-par 140 total at the challenging World Classic course at Laguna National Golf and Country Club.
Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung returned with a brilliant 67 to trail Barr by one shot while Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh, Thai duo Jazz Janewattananond and Namchok Tantipokhakul returned with matching 71s to tie on 142 at the US$750,000 Asian Tour event.
Barr, who is chasing for a breakthrough victory, lamented a cold putter but took it in his stride as he avoided making big mistakes.
“I didn’t hole as many putts for birdies as I did yesterday but I didn’t make too many mistakes out there. I just couldn’t get it close enough to make the putts. If you’re in trouble, just try to make a bogey. You just play for a bogey and not try to risk it. I did that a few times today and it paid off,” said the 43-year-old.
Playing on his home course, Barr took advantage of his local knowledge to put himself in prime position heading into the weekend rounds.
“You need to drive the ball well and hit good iron shots. It’s basically a full test of everything. It’s lovely to be in a good position heading into the weekend rounds. I just want to keep playing the way I have been playing and hopefully get a few more putts to roll.
“I just want to keep trusting what’s happening and stick to my game. It’s still a long way to go. You need to stay patient out there. You just need a bad hole to blow the whole week up. I just want to put the ball in play and take it from there. We will see how it goes,” added Barr.
Nicholas Fung of Malaysia Nicholas Fung of Malaysia
Fung was thrilled to put himself in contention after signing for a scintillating 67 under tough conditions.
“It’s fantastic to shoot a 67 on this course. I have no complaints even though I missed a couple of short putts. I hit the ball really good today. I only missed one fairway. I have played this course before so I guess it’s a bit of an advantage for me.
“For some holes out there, making bogey is actually very good already. You just have to try not to make anything worse than that and you should be safe. I think there are maybe about four holes that you can take advantage of for birdies. I thought the pin placements were easier today, compared to yesterday,” said the 25-year-old Malaysian.
Play has been suspended at 2.37pm local time due to lightning threats. Round 2 will resume at 4.50pm.
Thailand's Natipong Srithong, who also held a share of overnight lead, is leading on three-under-par as he goes one-under through four holes, starting from the 10th.
Ends.
About Laguna National Golf & Country Club
A prominent golf club in the local and regional golf scene since its inauguration in 1993, Laguna National is one of Singapore’s premier golf and country clubs, boasting two eighteen-hole championship courses that have won prestigious accolades and hosted international championships including the European Tour’s Singapore Masters, Korean LPGA-ADT Caps Tour Championship and European and Asian Tour co-sanctioned event, The Championship at Laguna National.
A multi-million dollar facelift is underway to develop a state-of-the-art union of a world-class golf club and a 208-room and villa branded hotel with full facilities including a spa, a driving range, a fitness centre, as well as Member-exclusive areas with private locker rooms, Members’ lounges and country club facilities.
Strategically located in proximity to the airport, beach, malls and with a multimillion private clubhouse and hotel underway, golfers will find the world at their fingertips, here at Laguna National Golf & Country Club.
About The World Classic Course
Designed and built by Dye Designs, World Classic—touted as Asia’s Toughest Test, draws inspiration from many of the world's best known holes and course designs. Golfers will inevitably find themselves facing similar shots to those played on the famous links courses of the British Isles, or the championship layouts found along coastal North America. The course is rated 165 on the Slope Rating System and 76.9 from the championship tees at a yardage of 7,350.
This course offers different challenges every time out requiring golfers to exhibit carefully planned club selection and determine if the risk/ reward is right for their game that day. Thoughtfully placed tee shots set up highly challenging approach angles to generous greens, which often feature three or more tiers. Where you hit your ball on the World Classic greens is just as important as how far you hit your tee shot.
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 FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.