"Zhang Preserves Record, Woosie Makes Cut"

Fri 12 Oct 2012

"Zhang Preserves Record, Woosie Makes Cut"


Macau, October 12: Chinese legend Zhang Lian-wei dug deep to preserve his proud record at the Venetian Macau Open on Friday.

The 47-year-old, who has not missed a cut at the event since its inauguration in 1998, look in danger of missing the weekend play when he soared to four over through six holes of his second round at the Macau Golf and Country Club.

But the fan favourite, playing alongside fellow veterans Ian Woosnam and Frankie Minoza, fought back with birdies on the ninth, fourth and seventh holes for a one-over-par 72 to safely make the weekend play with his one-under-par 141 aggregate.

“I didn’t start well and hit it into out of bounds my first hole at the 10th. But I stayed calm and fought back. It was a good comeback,” said Zhang, who is a two-time Macau Open champion.

His grouping with Woosnam and Minoza was one for the ages. With a combined age of 154 years and over 70 victories between them, they thrilled the galleries with their shot-making.

Woosnam, 54, also battled to a 72 to safely make the halfway cut with his 140 total, achieving the target that he has set for himself at the start of the week.