Thaworn Holds Lead

Fri 06 Apr 2012

Thaworn Holds Lead

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Singapore, April 6: Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant continued to hold the second round lead by staying atop the leaderboard on 11-under-par through five holes after play was suspended due to darkness at the weather-hit ISPS Handa Singapore Classic on Friday.
Like the opening round, heavy thunderstorms forced play to be suspended for more than three hours.  As a result, 77 players will have to resume their round on Saturday morning 7.30am (local time) at Orchid Country Club.
Japan’s Daisuke Kataoka posted a three-under-par 67 to complete his round in 132 and stayed three shots back of the Thai veteran while American Jonathan Moore signed for a 68 to take a share of third place alongside countryman Ben Fox, Spain’s Javi Colomo, Chinnarat Phadungsil of Thailand and Canada’s Ron Harvey Jnr on matching 133s.
Kataoka, who enjoyed four top-10s on the Asian Tour last season, was relieved that he was able to complete his round on a day where the weather conditions were not favourable again.
“You can never tell what’s the weather going to be like here and I’m happy that I managed to complete my rounds and be among the leaders today,” said the Japanese.
Meanwhile Moore, who won the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit last season to earn his main Tour card for 2012, found the play suspensions to be disruptive.
He was however pleased that he could still manage to sign for a good score despite having to play 27 holes today.
“It was tough and it was tiring as it was hard to keep a rhythm. Imagine getting warmed up and then cooling down again.  But I felt that I did pretty well, being able to manage all of that,” said Moore.
The 26-year-old American reached the turn in 32 after marking his card with birdies on holes 11 and 16.
He continued his charge with further birdies on holes one and four before dropping two shots on the seventh and eighth holes.
“I made two bogeys coming in and I think it was partly due to the fatigue. But I’m glad that I finished my rounds today and I can get to go back, have a good dinner and sleep,” said Moore.
Australia’s Darren Tan provided one of the day’s highlights when he won a Kia Optima K5 after carding a hole-in-one on the par-three 11th.
“Totally unexpected! The ball hit the flag and then it hit the bottom of the cup. It was a delayed reaction from me as I didn’t know what I had done. But once it sunk in, it was a little celebration with the boys I was playing with,” said the Australian who signed for a 69 for a share of 53rd place.
The ISPS Handa Singapore Classic will be beamed live to a world-wide audience on the Asian Tour’s global television platform as well as on Singapore’s MediaCorp Channel 5 during the weekend rounds.
Leading second round scores
(Note: Scores reflect current position of players after second-round play was suspended)
1. Thaworn Wiratchant (THA) -11 Thru 5
2. Daisuke Kataoka (JPN) 65-67
3. Jonathan MOORE (USA) 65-68, Javi COLOMO (ESP) 67-66, Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL (THA) 66-67, Ron HARVEY JNR (CAN)        66-67, Ben FOX (USA) 67-66
8. Elmer SALVADOR (PHI) 66-68, LU Wei-chih (TPE) 65- 69, Anton HAIG (RSA) 68-66, HU Mu (CHN) 68-66, David LIPSKY (USA) -6 Thru 6
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About ISPS
ISPS is a ‘General Incorporated Association’ based in Tokyo.  The organization was founded by Japanese philanthropist, Dr Haruhisa Handa in 2006 to support charitable causes throughout the sporting world.  ISPS has fostered partnerships with golf governing bodies worldwide to help develop the game at every level and promote blind and disabled golf.
ISPS’s heritage in supporting blind and disabled golf and Dr Handa’s commercial and philanthropic investment in golf has formed the foundation of its wider mission for golf to become a Paralympic sport.
For further information please see www.ispsgolf.com
About the ISPS Handa Singapore Classic
The ISPS Handa Singapore Classic will return for the third consecutive year from April 5-8, 2012 at the Orchid Country Club. The inaugural event in 2010 was won by South Africa’s Peter Karmis who defeated a star-studded field that included three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand and other tournament winners. The 2011 edition will be best remembered for its exciting final day play-off action where five players fought for the title before India’s Himmat Rai eventually emerged victorious with his birdie putt on the sixth extra hole. The ISPS Handa Singapore Classic is strongly supported by the following sponsors: KIA (Official Automotive Partner), Canon (Official Co-Sponsor), Park Regis (Official Hotel), Panasonic (Official Audio Visual), FENIX (Official Apparel), BlackBerry (Official Smartphone and Tablet), INETOL Headwear (Official Headwear), SRIXON (Official Ball), Singha (Official Beer), Wolf Blass (Official Wine) and 100 Plus (Official Hydration Partner).
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 Rolex (Official Timekeeper), J.Lindeberg (Official Apparel Partner), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts), Cityneon (Official Event Overlay Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Royal Selangor (Official Trophy Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), BlackBerry (Official Smartphone and Tablet) and Srixon (Official Ball). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.