Nanshan China Masters. Three Tied At The Top


Three players are tied for the lead at the Nanshan China Masters tournament at Nanshan International Golf Club.

Wen-chong Liang

                                                  Liang Wen-chong / Getty

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.

Gareth Paddison

                                             Gareth Paddison /Getty

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.”

Australian PGA Championship, Daniel Popovic and China’s Xin Jun Zhang are Tied at the Top



Daniel Popovic        Zhang joins Popovic in share of lead

Daniel Popovic / Getty Images                                                                                Xin Jun Zhang

Daniel Popovic and China’s Xin Jun Zhang are tied top of the Australian PGA Championship after the second round at the Palmer Coolum Resort golf  club. Both players are at -10 under par for the tournament, Daniel with a modest -2 under par 70, and Xin Jun fired in another round of -5 under par 67 for his total.

Daniel said he was stoked to be still at t he top of the leaderboard;

” I am stoked, “I can’t get the smile off my face since I finished the round. It’s an unbelievable experience. I am lost for words explaining it.”

Zhang used an interpreter to speak about his golf;

“I felt good today, I am getting used to this layout and to the wind. I’ve learned some English, mostly related to golf, like ‘how do you think this breaks’?”

Matthew Griffen and Geoff Ogilvey are tied in third place at -8 under par, just two shots adrift of the leaders. Tied in fifth spot are Brad Kennedy and Mathew Goggin, both at -7 under par for the tournament.

Geoff Ogilvey,  the 2006 US Open winner and 2008 Australian PGA champion, said he thought his experience of being in contention heading into the weekend should put him in a good position to attack.

“It helps. Being on the first tee can be a scary place the first few times you are there on the weekend, there is a no substitute for experience. It’s a nice advantage to have but there are a lot of good golfers in this field playing well and there is still a long way to go.”

Geoff really wants to finish the year inside the top 50 in the World rankings, so he is aiming to win here;

“I don’t know if it has to be first to get into the top 50, but it probably has to be first two or three, I don’t study world rankings that much. But that would be a bonus, winning the tournament would be the best part, but if that was a side bonus that would be good. I feel like I am in a good place. It’s nice I will be in one of the last few groups tomorrow and if I can have a good score, maybe get right up there after tomorrow and give it a crack on Sunday.”