Rose leads the way

Fri 23 Oct 2015

Rose leads the way

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Hong Kong, October 23: England’s Justin Rose took a slender one-shot advantage after setting the morning clubhouse lead with a four-under-par 66 at the second round of the UBS Hong Kong Open on Friday.
The world number seven, who missed the cut at the Hong Kong showpiece in 2011, restored his confidence with the Hong Kong Golf Club by posting a two-day total of nine-under-par 131 to sit atop the leaderboard at the US$2 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard carded another 66 to trail Rose by one while England’s Ian Poulter, who made a last-minute dash to Hong Kong, also posted a 66 to stay a further shot back on 133 total.
Rose started strongly with birdies on 14 and 18 to get into the share of the lead.
He then rolled in a 15-foot putt from just off the green to get to eight-under on three. Ross then made another birdie on four, dropped his first shot of the day on nine before recovering immediately with a birdie on his last to snatch the outright lead.
“I’m obviously in a wonderful position going into the weekend. This course has given me some trouble the last time I played it, so it was nice to figure out more of a decent game plan, which paid off so far,” said Rose.
Ian Poulter, who made a last-minute dash to Hong Kong so as to fulfil his membership requirement on the European Tour, shrugged off the effects of jet lag and also surged into contention with his 66.
After opening with a 67, the Englishman continued to delight the crowds by racing off the blocks quickly with four birdies and a bogey in his opening nine holes.
Poulter, who won the UBS Hong Kong Open title in 2010, then picked up further gains on the third and fourth holes to charge up the leaderboard before dropping another shot on nine.
“I don't play to take part. I play to win. Even coming in as late as I did, my mind was focused on shooting a good score.
“So albeit that I had not played a practice round, but I've got good memories on this golf course. I know the place and I like it. And hopefully I can have a good weekend” said Poulter.
India’s Anirban Lahiri meanwhile believes he can also move into contention during the weekend despite signing for a 67 which left him three shots back of Rose.
“I'm feeling good. I think I'm playing some of my best golf in terms of how I'm hitting it. It has not been good in terms of scoring over the two days as it could easily have been in double digits.
“But you know, if I can keep hitting it like this on the weekend and give myself some chances, I'll be pretty happy,” said Lahiri.
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