Veteran Lascuna ties with rookie Smith

Fri 12 Sep 2014

Veteran Lascuna ties with rookie Smith

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Taipei, September 12: Filipino veteran Antonio Lascuna birdied the last hole for a three-under-par 69 to keep his dreams of winning a first Asian Tour title alive at the US$500,000 Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) on Friday.
The 43-year-old Lascuna, without a win in 131 Asian Tour events, compiled a two-day total of seven-under-par 137 which was matched by Australia’s Cameron Smith, who returned with a 67 at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.
Lien Lu-sen led the local charge following a 71 to sit in third place on 138 while Indian star Anirban Lahiri (66), Sweden’s Daniel Chopra (68), Filipino Angelo Que (71) and defending champion Thaworn Wiratchant (69) stayed a further shot back.
Home hero Lin Wen-tang fired a 70 to tie for eighth place with Thai duo Prom Meesawat and Gunn Charoenkul, Ryan Yip of Canada and overnight leader Elmer Salvador who posted a disappointing 74.
Cameron Smith of Australia Cameron Smith of Australia
Lascuna signalled his title aspirations when he holed a crucial 10 feet birdie putt on 18. The Filipino is one of the most consistent players on the Asian Tour this year where he has yet to miss a single cut in seven appearances.
He has also dominated the local scene where he won three straight titles including one Asian Development Tour (ADT) victory at the Aboitiz Invitational in August.
My putting was really good but my tee shots were not as good. I managed to save a lot for pars. It’s not easy to putt here so I’m very pleased with my performance so far. I’m very excited about the weekend now because I’m in the lead,” said Lascuna, who made 24 putts today.
“I must focus on every hole I play. I don’t want to pressure myself by thinking that I’m in the lead. I am definitely hoping to get my first win on the Asian Tour this week! That would be great! I will try my best to make it happen,” added the Filipino.
Lien, whose best result on the Asian Tour was a tied-fourth finish at the 2010 Queen’s Cup in Thailand, is confident that a positive mindset will edge him closer to a first professional win.
“I didn’t hit the ball as well today but I’m still happy with my current standings. I think keeping to the right mindset would be key for me to play well in the next two rounds. It’s not so much about the techniques for me. I have to stay patient out there and just try to enjoy the game. It’s been awhile since I last get into contention in an Asian Tour event. I will try my best and play well,” said the 40-year-old, who mixed his card with five birdies against one double-bogey and two bogeys.
Lahiri, ranked second on the Order of Merit, was delighted to continue his hot form after finishing tied 13th at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland last week. Starting from the 10th tee, Lahiri flourished with six birdies on his way home to put himself in a strong position to challenge for a fifth Asian Tour title.
“My game came back in good shape on my back nine today. I’ve been waiting for this to happen as I was hitting the ball well since last week in
Lien Lu-sen of Chinese Taipei Lien Lu-sen of Chinese Taipei
Switzerland,” said the 27-year-old Lahiri.
Defending champion Thaworn, who is also a two-time Order of Merit winner, returned with a 69 before rushing to see a doctor as he felt irregular heartbeats and his hands were trembling during the round.
“I was shaking during the round so I went to see the doctor after submitting my scorecard. The doctor said everything was okay and she explained that it might have been stress! Hopefully I feel better tomorrow,” said Thaworn, a two-time Yeangder TPC champion.
Chopra, a two-time PGA Tour winner, birdied all the par-fives to continue his close affinity with the country which brought him success at the 1995 Taiwan Open and 2001 Taiwan Masters.
“I made a few key putts and I gave myself good chances and birdied all the par-fives. I’m starting to get used to the course. It’s going to be an exciting weekend,” said Chopra.
The halfway cut was set at two-over-par 146 with a total of 70 players progressing into the final two rounds.
Scores after round 2 of the Yeangder TPC 2014 being played at the par 72, 7125 Yards Linkou International GcC course (a- denotes amateur):
137 - Antonio LASCUNA (PHI) 68-69, Cameron SMITH (AUS) 70-67.
138 - LIEN Lu-sen (TPE) 67-71.
139 - Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 73-66, Daniel CHOPRA (SWE) 71-68, Angelo QUE (PHI) 68-71, Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 70-69.
140 - LIN Wen-tang (TPE) 70-70, Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 67-73, Ryan YIP (CAN) 71-69, Gunn CHAROENKUL (THA) 69-71, Elmer SALVADOR (PHI) 66-74.
Daniel Chopra of Sweden Daniel Chopra of Sweden
141 - LU Wei-chih (TPE) 72-69, ZHANG Lian-wei (CHN) 72-69, Rashid KHAN (IND) 71-70, Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 73-68, Panuphol PITTAYARAT (THA) 72-69, HSU Hao-sheng (TPE) 68-73.
142 - Guy WOODMAN (ENG) 69-73, LIN Chien-bing (TPE) 73-69, Sutijet KOORATANAPISAN (THA) 71-71, Danny CHIA (MAS) 68-74, Jake HIGGINBOTTOM (AUS) 70-72, Paul PETERSON (USA) 71-71, LAM Chih Bing (SIN) 70-72.
143 - Lionel WEBER (FRA) 76-67, Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA) 76-67, Steve LEWTON (ENG) 73-70, Adam GROOM (AUS) 73-70, Kieran PRATT (AUS) 72-71, Thanyakon KHRONGPHA (THA) 72-71, Jyoti RANDHAWA (IND) 73-70, Rahil GANGJEE (IND) 70-73, YEH Wei-tze (TPE) 72-71.
For more information, please call Serene Loh or Doyle De Costa at the Yeangder TPC media centre on +6012 699 1976.
About the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship
The Yeangder TPC is the brainchild of Yeangder Group Chairman Mr. Emmet Hsu. An avid golfer himself, he holds his own on the fairways as well as the boardroom. Mr. Hsu is a strong supporter for golf in Chinese Taipei and across the region. Apart from sponsoring the Yeangder TPC, Mr. Hsu also sponsors the Yeangder ADT and supports the leading Chinese Taipei players including Lin Wen-tang, Chan Yih-shin, Lin Wen-hong and Chan Shih-chang.
Inaugurated in 2010, the prize purse for the Yeangder TPC has grown from US$300,000 to US$500,000. The Yeangder TPC is a popular stop on the Asian Tour Schedule and it has welcomed many worthy champions such as Thaworn Wiratchant (2010 & 2013), Lu Wei-chih (2011) and Gaganjeet Bhullar (2012).
The Yeangder Group has pledged to sponsor the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) till 2015.
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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.