Refreshed Lin stays cool in the heat

Fri 25 Apr 2014

Refreshed Lin stays cool in the heat

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Jakarta, April 25: Chinese Taipei’s Lin Wen-tang took advantage of a well-rested break and fired a sparkling eight-under-par 64 to take the second round clubhouse lead at the US$750,000 CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters on Friday.
Lin, a six-time Asian Tour winner, was clearly the man to catch in the morning as he marked his card with nine birdies against one lone bogey to take his place atop the leaderboard with his two-day total of 10-under-par 134.
Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond paid the price for three costly bogeys in his closing holes and had to settle for a 70 alongside Korean American Chan Kim on 138 total at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.
Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand
Lin was forced to withdraw from an event in Malaysia last week because of heat and fatigue. But having taken a well-rested break, the 40-year-old came out with all guns blazing.
“I wasn’t feeling very well coming to this week. I had to withdraw from the tournament in Malaysia last week because the weather was just too hot! I spent two days resting in the hotel. I have never slept so much before it was quite scary. I guess my body really needed some rest,” said Lin.
Taking advantage of the cooler conditions in the morning, Lin reached the turn with an outward 33.
He then played like a man possessed as he ran off two birdies in three holes before surging ahead with three successive birdies from the seventh hole.
“I don’t really like playing in the hot weather. I’ve to walk with an umbrella and use ice to cool my face all the time. But I guess I had an advantage today because the weather was cooler when I started in the morning. I puttED better than yesterday too. My drive has been pretty good the last two rounds as well,” said Lin.
Jazz was left to rue what could have been after three bogeys in his closing three holes put paid to any hopes of reducing Lin’s advantage.
“It’s a bit disappointing to end the round with three bogeys after starting out so well. I know there are a couple of long holes there. I’m hitting my long iron well and I putted really well today too,” said Jazz.
The 18-year-old was keeping pace with Lin as he was nine-under through 15 holes until disaster struck.
With his round over, the young Thai prefers to look ahead and surmount another challenge at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters.
“I’m happy with the way I played. I still have a tournament next week so I don’t really want to practice too much and overworked myself. I just want to continue to do what I am supposed to do and how I did for the first two rounds. Hopefully I can some good results on Sunday,” said Jazz.
Kim meanwhile overcame a slow start and a stiff back before asserting himself at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club with a performance he could be proud of.
The 24-year-old, who topped the Asian Tour Qualifying School in 2013, was set back by three bogeys in his first five holes. However he quickly made up grounds with birdies on holes six and nine before trading another five birdies against one bogey in his inward-nine.
“I didn’t start well today. I was two-over through two holes. I was having problems with my back and hip. The physios helped a lot I must say but I am still feeling the stiffness from last week when I hurt my back. However, it started to loosen up in the back nine and I started to hit it close and made a lot of putts,” said Kim.
“The highlight was definitely on the 15 where I managed to chip in a birdie. That kind of kept my momentum going. I have to say I played pretty well today, definitely happy with my round,” added Kim.
Ends.
About CIMB Niaga
CIMB Niaga was established as Bank Niaga in 1955. CIMB Group is the main shareholder of CIMB Niaga, with a 97.94% effective stake (include 1.02% of shares of PT Commerce Kapital). The Bank offers a comprehensive suite of both conventional and Islamic banking products and services, through an expanding delivery channel network of 969 offices all over Indonesia as at 31 December 2013, including 580 branches, 350 Mikro Laju units (including 21 outlets attached to a branch), and 60 cash/payment points. CIMB Niaga has more than 14,300 employees.
CIMB Niaga encourages people to share high growth and take advantage of all the potential that South-East Asia regions bring – in line with CIMB Group’s brand positioning: “ASEAN for You”.
CIMB Group is Malaysia’s second largest financial services provider and one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. It offers consumer banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, asset management and insurance products and services. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in  8 out of 10 ASEAN nations (Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Brunei, Vietnam and Myanmar). Beyond ASEAN, the Group has market presence in China, Hong Kong, Bahrain, India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Australia, the US, UK and Korea. CIMB Group is listed on Bursa Malaysia via CIMB Group Holdings Berhad. It has a market capitalisation of USD17,6 billion as at 30 September 2013. The Group has over 41,000 employees located in 17 countries.
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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.