Uihlein ahead in Shenzen

Peter Uihlein holds a narrow lead in the European Tour’s Shenzen Open after firing a four-under 68 in Friday’s second round.

The American shot a 67 in Thursday’s opening round, and carded five birdies and a bogey on Friday to take his overall score to nine-under and open a one shot lead.

He told the European Tour website that he was pleased with his performance in light of the difficult conditions at the Genzon Golf Club.

“It was tricky today. The wind was swirling quite a bit. I got the back nine out of the way pretty quickly. I played very solid,” he said.

“I felt like getting anything under par on the back nine was nice, and I played a pretty stress free front nine which is always good.”

Uihlein was tied for second with Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Felipe Aguilar at the end of play on day one, trailing overnight leader Huang Wey-yi by a single shot.

Aguilar has since dropped to 20th after a three-over 75 on Friday, while Wey-yi is tied for 11th after shooting a two-over 74. Aphibarnrat is second on nine-under after shooting 69 on Friday.

Uihlein, who’s only European Tour win came at the 2013 Madeira Islands Open, says he will try not to pay any attention to the efforts of his competitors in the last two rounds

“I don’t have much going on upstairs, just spacing out, doing my own thing and sticking to my own game plan,” he added.

“I don’t really change it very often. It worked the first couple days so I’ll see how it goes from there.”

Matt Ford, Gregory Havret, Emilliano Grillo and Darren Fichart are tied for third after scores of 69, 68, 67 and 70 respectively.