Chopra’s 65 sets target in Sentosa
Daniel Chopra carded a flawless 65 at the Barclays Singapore Open today for a lead he will take through to Saturday.
A buoyant Daniel Chopra revelled in the bogey-free second round 65 at the weather-hit, badly-delayed Barclays Singapore Open today that put him in joint first place when bad light ended play.
However, with late starters like co-leader Ian Poulter tied with him at 7-under after just three holes into his second round, Chopra is not expecting to still be sitting atop the leaderboard when the second round is finally completed sometime on Saturday morning.
The Indian-born Swede, can be and was clearly delighted, however, with his welcome return to form following a frustrating year.
Chopra recently endured his first winless run on the PGA Tour for almost two years with 2009 yielding just two top-10 finishes. And this after winning the Mercedes-Benz Championship at the start of the 2008 season and claiming the Ginn sur Mer Classic in 2007.
Yet despite being forced to complete 28 holes today and endure a further two-hour delay that brough to five the number of hours lost over the first two days, the 35-year-old posted a stunning six-under-par 65 on the demanding Serapong course to claim the clubhouse lead at seven under.
“Of all my years going to America, this is the one I have underachieved the most. It’s the best that I have felt in my game for a long while and I have been saying for a while now that good things are just around the corner,” said Chopra.
“I felt like I was really close, it was just a matter of getting a few breaks and getting a bit of momentum going. Today, I managed to it on every hole.
“On the last nine holes I got into trouble a few times and I was able to save par and keep the momentum going. I made a great up and down on eight and a great up and down on nine, small little things like that which happen when you play well.
“During the course of the year, I would not have got those up and downs and I would have thrown in a few bogeys along with my six birdies and I would have shot two under.”
First-round leader Ian Poulter managed just three holes of his second round but picked up two quick birdies to progress to seven under alongside qualifier Chan Yih-shin of Chinese Taipei, who played his first seven holes in three under.
“I am very happy. I started off a little edgy with all the delays, but I came out today a little more relaxed, but still trying to get used to the speed of the greens as they are a little slower than I’m used to,” added Chopra.
“I usually don’t have any problems adjusting to the speed of the greens, but my stroke got a bit on the fast side trying to give it a bit of push so I missed a few small putts, but it got better as the day went on as I got more relaxed.”
Australia’s Andrew Dodt, fresh from progressing through the first round of the US PGA Tour Q-School in Nevada last week, and China’s Liang Wen-chong both carded three-under second rounds of 68 to progress to five under overall with Madrid Masters champion Ross McGowan in the clubhouse at four under after a second consecutive 69.
LATEST SECOND ROUND SCORES
(Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 71):
Note: 61 players completed the second round, but 91 have still to resume their rounds at 7.40 on Saturday. Round three will not start earlier than 13:00
135 Daniel Chopra (Swe) 70 65
137 Wen-chong Liang (Chn) 69 68, Andrew Dodt (Aus) 69 68
138 Scott Hend (Aus) 72 66, Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind) 71 67, Ross McGowan 69 69
139 Richard Finch 71 68
140 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 72 68, James Kingston (Rsa) 74 66, Chapchai Nirat (Tha) 73 67
141 Daniel Vancsik (Arg) 70 71, Felipe Aguilar (Chi) 68 73, Tony Carolan (Aus) 74 67, Rodney Pampling (Aus) 72 69, Richard Green (Aus) 68 73
142 Soren Hansen (Den) 71 71, Oskar Henningsson (Swe) 69 73, Tano Goya (Arg) 74 68, Darren Clarke 73 69
143 Christian Cevaer (Fra) 71 72, Steve Webster 71 72, Adam Scott (Aus) 72 71, Zaw Moe (Kor) 71 72, Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha) 71 72, Kenneth Ferrie 71 72, Guido Van Der Valk (Ned) 72 71, Padraig Harrington 74 69
144 Gary Murphy 73 71, Shiv Kapur (Ind) 72 72, Tetsuji Hiratsuka (Jpn) 74 70, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 70 74, Mars Pucay (Phi) 72 72
145 Robert Karlsson (Swe) 73 72, Brett Rumford (Aus) 72 73, Damien McGrane 73 72, Darren Beck (Aus) 70 75, Panupol Pittayarat (Tha) 75 70, Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (Spa) 75 70, Alvaro Quiros (Spa) 73 72
146 Inn-choon null Hwang (Kor) 71 75, Rafael Ponce (Ec) 75 71, Michael Hoey 77 69
147 Anthony Kang (USA) 75 72, Nick Dougherty 72 75, Richard Sterne (Rsa) 76 71
148 Ben Leong (Mal) 73 75, Iain Steel (Mal) 73 75, Angelo Que (Phi) 73 75, Kane Webber (Aus) 74 74
149 Ter-Chang Wang (Tpe) 80 69, Artemio-hiromasa Murakami (Phi) 75 74, C Muniyappa (Ind) 76 73, Unho Park (Aus) 75 74, Chawalit Plaphol (Tha) 78 71, Chris Rodgers 78 71, Jose Manuel Lara (Spa) 76 73
150 Joong Kyung Mo (Kor) 75 75
151 Stephen Dodd 76 75
152 Yew ghee Poh (Sin) 76 76
156 Thomas Bjorn (Den) 74 82
163 Eng-Wah Poh (Sin) 81 82>
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