Rosenfeld Blooms to Keep Tour Hopes Alive

Fri 17 Dec 2010

Rosenfeld Blooms to Keep Tour Hopes Alive


Hua Hin, Thailand, December 17: Matthew Rosenfeld of the United States breathed new life into his quest of securing his Asian Tour card for next season by shooting a three-under-par 69 after the second round of the US$600,000 Black Mountain Masters on Friday.

The Asian Tour rookie traded four birdies against one bogey for a two-day total of eight-under-par 136, to lie six strokes behind leader Lee Sung of Korea at the Black Mountain Golf Club where round two was delayed for 30 minutes due to lightning storm.

Rosenfeld entered the Asian Tour’s season-finale knowing that he needs at least a top four finish to break into the top-61 of the Order of Merit where he currently sits in 76th place.

“I need to finish in top three or top four so there’s some pressure for me to perform but sometimes you tend to play better when your back is against the wall. I’m trying to stay in my own little groove and hopefully by the end of Sunday, my name is still on top,” said the 27-year-old.

He missed four consecutive cuts prior to the Black Mountain Masters and was delighted with his return to form. “In my previous tournament, I drove my ball a little off the fairways as I was trying to pick up a little bit more distance. I went through a period of time where it was difficult for me to find fairways but I’m starting to hit fairways again,” said the American.

Simon Griffiths of England, currently 66th on the Order of Merit, endured tough conditions in the morning but salvaged his round with a battling 71 to stay in the running for a top-61 finish.

“I’m happy to shoot one-under in this horrific weather. I could have shot anything earlier in the morning where the wind was probably blowing at 35 miles per hour,” said Griffiths, who amassed a two-day total of 137, seven strokes from Lee.

“I’m going to try and play as hard as I can for the next two days and see what happens. Some weeks it happens and some weeks it doesn’t. Hopefully it will be my week,” added the Englishman.

Chinese Taipei’s Lin Wen-hong, who is the younger brother of five-time Asian Tour champion Wen-tang, missed a four feet birdie putt on the last hole and lamented a day of missed chances. He closed on 71 with three birdies and two bogeys for a 140 total.

“I couldn’t get my putter going at all. My iron play was excellent but I missed many close putts. I could have easily gone to six or seven-under if it wasn’t for my putting,” said Lin, who is one position outside of the safety zone on the Order of Merit.

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 J.Lindeberg (Official Apparel Partner), Ricoh (Official Office Solutions Provider), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Royal Selangor (Official Trophy Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Pan Pacific (Official Hotel), BlackBerry (Official Mobile) and Srixon (Official Ball). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.