Beautiful Weather for Day 2 of the PGA Tour China Series Clearwater Bay Open
HONG KONG—Another beautiful day for the 2nd round of The PGA Tour Clearwater Bay Open on Friday Nov 4. Sunshine all day and only a slight breeze should have made the course a little easier than on Day one when the breeze was stronger. However leader Alexander Kang starting day 2 at -6 picked up just 1 shot on the front 9 and maintained level par on the back 9 to finish at -7, 3rd equal with Li Jianshan of China who bettered his day 1 performance by 4 shots.
Two Chinese players are out in front, both on -9. Chen Zihao picked up 7 shots with 5 birdies and an eagle on the par 5, 15th. He carded a blistering 31 on the front 9 and 32 on the back 9 for a consistent for a consistent performance. The other leader on -9 is Yuan Tian who picked up 4 shots in the 2nd round.
Michael Skelton of England had an up and down round but improved his first round score by 2 shots to end the day in 5th spot on -6. There are 3 players tied in 6th place at -5: Ouyang Zheng, Scott Barr of Australia and Sam Chien of the USA; and 6 on -4. Charlie Saxon of USA improved 4 shots on the day and Daniel Nisbit of Australia and Thomas Johnson both shot -3 on day 2.
Most of the leading players performed a shot or 2 under the par 70 with a little jockeying of positions down to the 71 player cut at +4 – quite high cut score.
On day 3 there will still be 3 players per flight with the top 12 flights starting at Hole 1 (8:25 to 10:30) and the other 12 flights starting at the 10th (8:30 to 10:20).
The China Tour Order of Merit leader Marty Dou Zecheng improved by 4 shots to finish day 2 at -1, while Hong Kong favourite Jason Hak dropped from finishing even par yesterday to +4 making it a big ask to get back up with the leaders.
Except for Jason Hak, the other four players from Hong Kong in the field missed the cut: James Stewart, Leon Philip D’Souza, Yin Ho Yue and Isaac Lam.