NOH MAINTAINS PACE AT WGC-HSBC CHAMPIONS
Shanghai: Korea’s Noh Seung-yul kept up his charge for the biggest win of his career when he posted an even-par 72 to take a share of seventh place alongside England’s Ross Fisher at the US$7million WGC-HSBC Champions on Friday.
Noh is four shots off the lead after a two-day total of five-under-par 139 but he is still confident of putting himself back into contention once the weekend rounds start.
“It’s okay. There’s still everything to play for and I’ll do well this weekend,” said Noh who lamented the strong winds for denying him the chance of matching his opening score of 67.
“It was really windy today. I played in the afternoon yesterday and the wind conditions were mild but this morning it was really very strong. I think that was the key difference between yesterday and today,” added Noh.
The Korean dropped a shot on the par-four three but recovered with a birdie on the 10th hole after the turn. A wayward drive on the 11th hole cost him another bogey but he answered back with two consecutive birdies on holes 13 and 14.
Noh was set to reach home in one-under until another wayward drive on the closing par-five 18th found water, forcing him to settle for a 72.
“I teed off well on the 18th. I then chose to use a five-iron for my second shot but unfortunately that shot went into the water. It was costly,” said Noh.
Meanwhile Australia’s Andrew Dodt made one of the biggest moves by moving up 34 places for a share of 18th place.
The Australia who made his career breakthrough on the Asian Tour with his win at the Avantha Masters in February, overcame a slow opening start by posting a 68 to stay six shots off the lead.
The 24-year-old got his confidence going after making a huge par save on his opening hole in the back-nine.
He went on to mix four birdies against a lone bogey on the par-four 15th in his outward nine to reach the turn in 33.
After dropping another shot at the first hole, Dodt redeemed himself with two more birdies on holes sixth and seventh.
“I had a great save on 10th, my first hole of the day for par and then I had four birdies on my first nine holes. I felt pretty good when I was at the turn and I got another two birdies after that,” said Dodt
“I played really well today and I probably holed a few more putts today. Like we all know, putting is the key in golf and if you can get the putts to come in, your scores are going to be lower,” added the Australian.
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