Lara Leads in Hong Kong Monty Five Back

By Sports NetworkNovember 17, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 UBS Hong Kong ChampionshipHONG KONG -- Jose Manuel Lara posted a 4-under 66 Friday to grab the outright lead after two rounds of the Hong Kong Open.
Lara, who shared the lead with Jyoti Randhawa after the first round, completed 36 holes at 10-under-par 130. Gregory Bourdy also shot 66 and is one stroke back at minus-nine.
Lian-Wei Zhang fired a 7-under 63 in the second round. That moved him into a share of third place at 8-under-par 132. He was joined there by Juvic Pagunsan and Andrew Buckle, who each shot 65 in round two.
Randhawa managed a 1-under 69. He stands alongside Jeev Milkha Singh in sixth place at minus-7.
Lara opened with his second birdie in two days on the par-5 third at Hong Kong Golf Club. After five straight pars, he tripped to a bogey on the ninth to make the turn at minus-6.
The Spaniard atoned for his bogey on nine with a birdie at the 10th. Lara birdied the par-5 13th to create a four-way tie for the lead at minus-8.
Lara sank a 7-foot birdie putt at 15 to take the outright lead. Bourdy, who started on the 10th tee, birdied the seventh to join Lara at minus-9.
However, Lara birdied the 17th for the second straight round to move back atop the leaderboard at 10 under. He parred the last to remain there.
'I have been playing well the last two months,' Lara stated. 'I have been hitting the ball so well and have just had a short break from those two tournaments at the end of last season, so I am still confident.'
Bourdy sank a birdie putt the 11th to get to minus-6. He posted his next birdie on the par-4 16th. After four pars around the turn, Bourdy birdied three to grab a share of the lead at minus-8.
The Frenchman kept pace with Lara with a birdie on the seventh. However, Bourdy carded back-to-back pars to close out his round and end one back.
'I think 9 under after two rounds is a good score here,' admitted Bourdy. 'I am driving it well and steady which is important for this course.'
Zhang flew up the leaderboard with five birdies over his opening nine holes. After a bogey on the first, he eagled the third and birdied the fourth to move to 8 under. Zhang got within one of Lara with a birdie on six, but he bogeyed the next and parred the final two holes to finish at minus-8.
Simon Khan and Adam Blyth each carded rounds of 2-under 68 Friday. They moved into a share of eighth place at 6-under-par 134. They were joined there by Anton Haig (65), Damien McGrane (66), Thammanoon Srirot (66) and Thongchai Jaidee (66).
Defending champion Colin Montgomerie is one of five players one stroke further back at minus-5.
The cut line fell at even-par 140 with 68 players moving on to the final two rounds. Among those missing the cut were two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen (141), Jean-Francois Lucquin (142) and Paul McGinley (144).
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    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 1:32 pm

    The USGA and R&A announced on Monday updates to the Rules of Golf, including no longer accepting call-ins relating to violations. The PGA Tour and LPGA, which were both part of a working group of entities who voted on the changes, issued the following statements:

    PGA Tour:

    The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.


    We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.

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    By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

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    The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.

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    By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

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    Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

    Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

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