Renolds shoots 66 to take early lead #PhilippineOpen

Fri 18 Dec 2015

Renolds shoots 66 to take early lead #PhilippineOpen

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Tarlac, Philippines, December 18: Lindsay Renolds of Canada produced a flawless six-under-par 66 to snatch the lead in the on-going first round of the weather-shortened Philippine Open presented by ICTSI on Friday.
The Phuket-based Canadian fired six birdies to lead by one-shot over Chinnarat Phadungsil of Thailand, five-time Asian Tour winner Gaganjeet Bhullar of India and Korean rising star Jeunghun Wang, who will represent Team Asia at the EurAsia Cup next year.
The 2011 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines and Giwhan Kim of Korea trailed the clubhouse leader by two shots at the US$300,000 Asian Tour event staged at the Luisita Golf and Country Club.
Renolds, ranked 95th on the Order of Merit, is on a do-or-die mission to save his Asian Tour card for next year. The Canadian needs nothing less than a victory this week to break into the top-63 on the Order of Merit to retain his Tour card for 2016.
“It is a case of winning or going back to Qualifying School for me this week. I got nothing to lose this week. I’m trying to stay motivated and focussed,” said the 29-year-old Renolds.
Renolds was lucky to play a practice round at the Luisita course as officials closed the course on Wednesday and Thursday due to heavy rain.
“It is always an advantage seeing the course at least once. I played a quick 18 holes on Tuesday but it was very wet. I was just trying to get the round over with because I didn’t have an umbrella!” said Renolds.
The 20-year-old Wang opened his account with six birdies against one bogey as he seeks a first Asian Tour win and repay the faith in Jeev Milkha Singh of India who selected the Korean as a Captain’s pick to represent Team Asia in the EurAsia Cup.
“The course is wet so it is playing long. I holed some long birdies putts which was nice. I only played nine holes (back nine) during the practice round. I was so afraid when I played on the front nine especially on the last hole where I missed a short birdie putt,” said Wang.
Ends.