Wang storms into early lead #VenetianMacaoOpen

Thu 15 Oct 2015

Wang storms into early lead #VenetianMacaoOpen

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Macao, October 15: Korea’s Jeunghun Wang credited his new putter as he stormed into the first round clubhouse lead at the Venetian Macao Open with a six-under-par 65 on Thursday.
The 20-year-old Wang sank seven birdies against a lone bogey at the Macau Golf and Country Club, needing only 26 putts with what is known as the ‘arm-lock’ putter that was popularized by American star Matt Kuchar.
Former champion Scott Hend of Australia fired a bogey free 66 to trail by one shot alongside Spaniard Javi Colomo and Brett Munson of the United States in the US$1 million Asian Tour tournament.
Title holder Anirban Lahiri of India is playing in the afternoon session alongside four-time Major winner Ernie Els and Chinese star Liang Wen-chong.
Scott Hend of Australia Scott Hend of Australia
After enjoying his first top-10 in Taipei last week with the new putter, Wang found his range again with the flat stick.  “I had a lot of lucky putts today. My putter was so bad last year and this year and I changed my putter to the one like Matt Kuchar, which is a bit longer. Since last week I have been using that. It feels so much better,” said Wang.
He enjoyed a fine 2014 campaign where he did not miss a single cut in 16 starts and accumulated four top-10s, including one runner-up finish. The young Korean is hopeful his fast start will lead him to a maiden Asian Tour victory despite the presence of a stellar field at the Venetian Macao Open.
“After finishing second a few times, I learned a lot. I’m going a bit closer now to win. Still have to get more experience,” said Wang.
“I don’t know how I made the cut in every event last year. I was so nervous last year but this year, I’ve already missed three cuts! I like this golf course. Hard fairways give you more distance and the greens are perfect and I made some putts.”
Hend was delighted to stay bogey free and is now 37 under par in his last nine rounds at the Macau Golf and Country Club.
“The first few times I came here, I just didn’t want to come back as it killed me. But we’ve seem to found a way to play the course, where to hit it, what to do, when to be aggressive and I seem to find something to go around here,” said big-hitting Hend, who won here in 2013 and was tied second last year.
Javi Colomo of Spain Javi Colomo of Spain
The Aussie finished strongly with three birdies over his last four holes. “Hit some good chips and good shots there and read some putts correctly which was nice,” said Hend. “I was patient on the first few holes of the front nine. Felt that I should have made some birdies but I didn’t. It’s a matter of being patient.
“I’m normally the sort of guy who will shoot seven birdies and throws in a double and a couple of bogeys. It means I’ve played some solid golf which is positive. I was trying to be steady, trying to be there on Sunday to have a chance against these guys.”
Colomo closed with a 12-foot eagle on 18 to jump up the leaderboard. With news that his wife Kristina is 15 weeks pregnant with their first child, the likeable Spaniard has found the extra motivation to chase for a first win in Asia.
“The family looks like it’s going to grow, so there’s more motivation,” said Colomo, who made history in Mauritius in May by hitting the Tour’s first ever hole in one on a par four.
“Very happy. When you do five under, you can’t be sad. After waiting 30 minutes on the 18th tee, big traffic jam there, I was just trying to keep warm. Hit a very good driver and then a good three iron to maybe 12 feet over the hole and I made a very, very good putt.
“Last year, I didn’t enjoy playing here. I don’t know why. It’s a tricky course and I didn’t know how to play it. This year, I try to be very patient.”