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LANE TAKES CLUBHOUSE LEAD AT WEATHER-HIT AVANTHA MASTERS
Gurgaon, India, February 12: England’s Barry Lane posted a five-under-par 67 for a two-day total of 10-under-par 134 to take the clubhouse lead after heavy rain forced play to be abandoned at the inaugural Avantha Masters on Friday.
A total of 36 players will return to the DLF Golf and Country Club to complete their rounds at 7.15am on Saturday before the start of the third round which is scheduled to tee off at 9.00am local time.
Chinese Taipei’s Chan Yih-shin is also currently lying in joint-first place with England’s John Parry on 10-under-par at the €1.5 million (approximately US$2.1 million) tri-sanctioned event between the Asian Tour, European Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI).
Chan was three under through 17 holes of his second round when play was suspended at 4.28pm and eventually abandoned due to inclement weather.
Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing who managed to complete his round before rain brought play to an abrupt halt, added a 68 to his opening 67 to take a share of fourth place alongside Scotland’s David Drysdale and Australians Andrew Dodt and Darren Beck on 135.
Thailand’s Kwanchai Tannin matched his opening 68 with another 68 to take a share of eighth place with India’s Rahil Gangjee and Korea’s Lee Sung on 136.
Lane, who opened with a 67, made steady progress with three birdies over his opening nine holes in the morning.
After making the turn in 34, the veteran Englishman mixed three birdies against a lone bogey on the par-four fifth to cruise home with another 67.
“It can be hard work being an old man out here and these young guys are bombing it past you at times but it is nice to know that I can still play and compete out here,” said Lane who will be turning 50 in June.
“It has just been the short game and the putting but hopefully it’ll get better,” added Lane.
Meanwhile Lam who is no stranger to success having won his maiden Asian Tour title in 2008, continued to stay in the hunt for his second win on the Asian Tour despite enduring a mixed day where his card was marked with six birdies, four bogeys and an eagle.
“I haven’t had one of these days for a while. It just seems like I’m either hitting it really close to the pin or getting a bad break and landing myself in trouble. Hopefully the birdies will continue to come and eliminate the couple of loose shots that I’ve made,” said Lam.
Starting the day tied for third, the Singaporean had two birdies on the second and sixth holes cancelled out by bogeys on the fifth and seventh holes. It was not until the eighth hole when Lam reeled in another birdie and an eagle three on the ninth hole that appeared to turn his game round.
However, Lam’s card in homeward run was again coloured with red and blue with three birdies and two bogeys.
“There’s still everything to play for this weekend as everyone at the top are all separated by only one shot. I’ll continue to stay focus and do my best,” added Lam.
After enjoying two top-10s on the Asian Tour season, Dodt is now keeping his focus on securing his maiden Asian Tour title after his second round of 68.
“I’m playing well and obviously one of my goals this season is to win an event,” said Dodt, whose brilliant early season form was highlighted by two runner-up finishes in Australia and New Zealand last month.
Dodt, who started the day in tied-third, birdied the par-three third hole and continued a hat-trick of birdies on the sixth, seventh and ninth holes to complete a flawless opening front-nine.
Despite a lone bogey on the 10th after making the turn, the Australian’s hot streak continued with successive birdies recorded from holes 11th to 13th.
However he was left to rue a costly double bogey on the 16th that spoilt his card on his inward-nine.
“It was a very quick start to my back-nine with three birdies in a row starting from the 11th and then a double bogey on the 16th which was really a very bad tee shots. I hit it into the water and I had to make it in five after the tee shots,” said the Australian
“I made a pretty slow start yesterday in the front-nine but today, I probably made a better start than I did today and I had a good middle patch today and hopefully I can carry that through over the weekend,” added Dodt.