Que ignites title ambitions with a 65

Fri 14 Mar 2014

Que ignites title ambitions with a 65

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Manila, March 14: Angelo Que of the Philippine signalled his strong intentions to win the Solaire Open by shooting a flawless six-under-par 65 to take the early second round lead on Friday.
Que, who is a three-time Asian Tour winner but not since 2010, fired three birdies in each half for a one shot lead over two-time Asian Tour winner S.S.P. Chowrasia of India in the US$300,000 Asian Tour event.
Pigem Carlos of Spain, Simon Griffiths of England and Asian Tour rookie Dimitrio Papadatos of Australia were a further four shots back from Que at the challenging The Country Club.
“I’ve been working hard with my coach (Bong Lopez) and we really want to win this year. Working and hanging out with him gives me a lot of confidence. It is a big advantage when you play on home soil. I think this is the biggest chance for me to win,” said Que.
The bubbly Filipino, was motivated by the fact that his coach Lopez was celebrating his birthday today.
“Before I teed off, my coach told me to shoot a 65 as his birthday gift! Luckily I managed to do just that,” laughed Que, who enjoyed a career best 13th result on the 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Que stayed out of trouble in the windy conditions and needed to make only 25 putts for a seven-under-par 135 total on a course where he has won three local titles.
“I made more putts today and the highlight was returning without a single bogey. I haven’t played a bogey-free round in a while. I like this course but I haven’t been playing well here in the last couple of years so it is a pretty good feeling to shoot a 65,” said Que.
SSP Chowrasia of India SSP Chowrasia of India
Chowrasia, winner of the 2008 EMAAR-MGF Indian Masters and 2011 Avantha Masters event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour, charged into contention after making some changes in his putting stance.
“I’m glad because my putting was good. I really struggled with my putting in the last few months. I made a small change during my stance. Now my hand is positioned slightly in front instead of behind,” he explained.
The Indian, who is the son of a greenskeeper at Royal Calcutta Golf Club, registered a second consecutive 68 and expressed his fondness of playing in windy conditions.
“There’s no secret to my good scores. No doubt, the course is very challenging and it reminds me of the courses in Europe but the weather there is obviously colder! I like to play on windy courses because I hit my balls really low. Unfortunately, I had one bad drive (out of bounds) on the fifth hole for a double bogey,” said Chowrasia.
Ends.