Song sings right tune to take clubhouse lead #SingOpen

Fri 29 Jan 2016

Song sings right tune to take clubhouse lead #SingOpen

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Sentosa, Singapore, January 29: Korea’s Younghan Song surged up the leaderboard after carding a sparkling eight-under-par 63 in the second round of the weather-hit SMBC Singapore Open on Friday.
Play was suspended because of inclement weather at 3.06pm (local time) and could not resume due to thunderstorms and lightning activities around the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club.
A total of 78 players, including world number one Jordan Spieth and Byeonghun An who completed seven holes, will return to finish their rounds at 7.30am on Saturday morning with round three scheduled to start immediately upon the completion of the second round.
An was at seven-under while Spieth traded one birdie and one bogey to stay at four-under after six holes, five shots back of Song at the US$1 million event which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO).
Shintaro Kobayashi of Japan Shintaro Kobayashi of Japan
“I didn’t get off to a great start but made a good birdie on number two. That’s golf, that’s weather, you can’t control that. I could tell it was bad on other parts of the course,” said Spieth.
Song was on fire as he marked his card with seven birdies, one eagle and a bogey to establish a two-shot advantage over Japan’s Shintaro Kobayashi with his two-day total of nine-under-par 133.
The Korean stormed off the blocks quickly in the morning, going to five-under after four holes with two birdies and an eagle-three on four.
He charged towards the turn with another two birdies on seven and eight and continued to set the scorching pace with another pair of birdies on 10 and 11 before a bogey-five on 12 put the brakes momentarily on his charge.
After three straight pars from 13, Song sunk another birdie on 16 before reaching home comfortably in 63.
“It was a superb round and I really have to thank my excellent putting for putting me in this position.
“The goal is to win the tournament this week and for now, I just want to take a good rest before I come back again and hopefully play well like what I did today,” said Song.
Byeonghun An of Korea Byeonghun An of Korea
Kobayashi meanwhile showed no signs of fatigue despite having to return early to complete his first round which was also suspended due to lightning yesterday.
The Japanese followed up his opening effort of a 66 with a 69 to put himself in a commanding position for the weekend rounds.
The 29 year-old had slightly more than an hour of rest before he was back at the tee again.
The Japanese went out in 35 after three birdies and two bogeys and would make another birdie on 17 to sign for a 69.
“I didn’t feel tired at all today. Maybe because it was cool in the morning and it only started to get a little hot and humid as the day went on.
“I feel comfortable on this course and if I continue to play like what I’ve done, anything can happen,” said Kobayashi.
Leading scores after round 2 of the SMBC Singapore Open being played at the par 71, 7398 Yards Sentosa GC course (am - denotes amateur):
133 - Younghan SONG (KOR) 70-63.
135 - Shintaro KOBAYASHI (JPN) 66-69.SINGAPORE_290116_CROWDS_001
138 - Paul PETERSON (USA) 68-70, Thanyakon KHRONGPHA (THA) 69-69, Brett MUNSON (USA) 71-67.
139 - Sanghyun PARK (KOR) 70-69, Himmat RAI (IND) 70-69, Berry HENSON (USA) 66-73, Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 72-67, Tadahiro TAKAYAMA (JPN) 71-68, Yuki INAMORI (JPN) 67-72.
140 - Brad KENNEDY (AUS) 71-69, Michael HENDRY (NZL) 72-68, Masahiro KAWAMURA (JPN) 70-70, Juvic PAGUNSAN (PHI) 70-70, LEE Won-joon (AUS) 71-69.
141 - Carlos PIGEM (ESP) 70-71, Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA) 70-71, Mikumu HORIKAWA (JPN) 73-68.
142 - Steve LEWTON (ENG) 74-68, Y. E. YANG (KOR) 70-72, Yoshinori FUJIMOTO (JPN) 74-68, Richard T. LEE (CAN) 70-72, Adilson DA SILVA (BRA) 70-72, Ippei KOIKE (JPN) 71-71, Natipong SRITHONG (THA) 69-73, James LEOW (am, SIN) 72-70.
Selected scores
147 - Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA)
152 - Jeev Milkha SINGH (IND) 78-74
Ends.
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About the Singapore Golf Association
The Singapore Golf Association was registered on 5 October 1961 with the objective of encouraging and promoting the game of golf in Singapore. From a small association of golf clubs, SGA has grown to its present size comprising 13 Ordinary Members, 10 Associate Members and 5 Affiliate Members.  Its constitution was amended in 2001 to enable golf clubs without real estate to join SGA as Associate Members. This allowed the general golfing public to obtain and maintain a golf handicap without having to be members of golf and country clubs.  In 2010, the constitution was again amended to accept Affiliate Members which are any body, society, organisation or commercial entity committed to furthering the interest of the sport of golf to join SGA. SGA is a member of the International Golf Federation, Asia Pacific Golf Confederation and ASEAN Golf Federation.  As the governing body of golf, it is also an Affiliate Member of the Singapore Sports Council and the Singapore National Olympic Council.
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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 FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.
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One of the most established golf clubs in Singapore, Sentosa Golf Club has more than 1,500 members, many of whom are prominent personalities from influential circles. It hosted Asia’s richest national tournament, the Singapore Open for eight years, where international star players and world-class golf professionals from Asia, Europe and the USA descended on its championship greens to putt for the generous prize purse. Offering more than just a good game of golf, the Club also has excellent meeting and banquet facilities for corporate networking as well as high-end dining options such as the quintessential Japanese cuisine at the Sushi Kondo Restaurant and Italian fare at the highly-acclaimed ilLido restaurant.