Three players are tied for the lead at the Nanshan China Masters tournament at Nanshan International Golf Club.
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Chinese duo Liang ,Wen-chong the defending Champion and Zhang Xin-jun share the lead of the China Masters with Kiwi Gareth Paddison. At the end of play on the second day all three players have a total of -6 under par for the tournament.
Liang was the most impressive player of the trio on Friday as he carded a -8 under par second round of 64, which included 10 birdies and an Eagle at the 10th hole as well as four bogeys. He admitted it was an up and down round;
” Yes it was. I was putting very well, but my driving was also really good today. I even missed some putts and I should not have dropped shots. That could have been better, I will try my best this weekend, but there are still two days left and anything can happen.
Zhang scored a -5 under par 67, for his second round, while Gareth finished with a -3 under par 69.
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Gareth said he had played solid golf;
” Really solid, I can’t complain with the form at the moment. I guess I was a bit disappointed watching Rory (Hie) get off to such a good start and I felt like I missed three really good chances on my front nine. It is a game of patience out there. Stay patient and the back nine is where you can really get some birdies. I can’t really complain too much. Our side of the draw definitely got the best of the conditions, simple as that. It was windier this morning and Liang Wenchong’s 64 shows just what class a player he is. It’s funny, I’ve never been in this position in a OneAsia event before, tied for the lead after two days, and I sort of feel as if I left a few shots out there. It was a bit of a sombre feeling walking off the course, but at the same time being tied for the lead is fantastic.”
Zhang is looking forward to playing with Liang;
” I teed off well, the driver and putter are going good. The fourth is very difficult, but I made a birdie and from then my irons were fantastic. My only bogey was on the seventh. It really doesn’t suit me, but I got one back with a chip-in for birdie on the par-three eighth. I’m looking forward to playing with Liang Wenchong. Since the 2011 World Cup I haven’t played a tournament with him, just a couple of practice rounds. I’m pleased to play with him again and hope to learn from the experience. He has done very well this season and I hope I can also play well this weekend.”