Lin takes the lead
Hong Kong Open champion Lin Wen-tang has taken a two-shot lead midway through round two of the WGC-HSBC Champions.
UBS Hong Kong Open champion Lin Wen-tang geared up for next week’s title defence by taking a two-shot lead midway through the second round at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
Chinese Taipei’s Lin picked up four shots over his opening nine holes to improve to 10 under par ahead of next week’s return to Fanling, the scene of his maiden European Tour success when he beat Rory McIlroy and Francesco Molinari in a thrilling play-off.
American Ryan Moore remained second after improving to eight under par at the turn, and he was alongside Commercialbank Qatar Masters champion Alvaro Quiros and overnight leader Nick Watney.
Lin, who won last month’s Mercuries Taiwan Masters on the Asian Tour, stormed to the turn on the back nine at Sheshan International Golf Club with three consecutive birdies to post an impressive 31.
Moore’s cause was helped by an eagle at his ninth hole after also beginning on the back nine, while Watney was level par through 10 after cancelling out a double-bogey in the middle of his front nine.
Watney matched the course record with an eight-under-par 64 on Thursday.
Big-hitting Spaniard Quiros has struggled for form since his thrilling win in Qatar at the start of the year, aside from a second place at the European Open.
But he made his move in Shanghai courtesy of a second eagle of the week before reeling off three straight birdies to reach the turn in a flawless 31.
World number one Tiger Woods remained in the hunt for a 17th WGC title after improving to six under and he was alongside fellow Americans Anthony Kim and Pat Perez after a birdie at the ninth.
Ernie Els improved his chance of making an impact on the leaderboard with a hole-in-one at the sixth after judging an 198-yard six-iron to perfection.
Els was on four under overall through 11 after earlier shipping a triple bogey at the par-three fourth hole.
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