Lam leads Asian Amateur


TOKYO, Japan – Lam Zhiqun from Singapore holds a one-shot advantage after two rounds at the Asian Amateur, and stands at 7-under 135 at the Kasumigaseki Country Club.

The 21-year-old, who fired a 66 Friday at the West Course, holds a one-stroke advantage over Japan’s Yosuke Asaji, the first-round leader. Hideki Matsuyama is a shot behind in third place at 137.

Lam, the 2007 Singapore Amateur Champion, posted a bogey-free round that included birdies on the second and eighth holes, before he picked up further shots at 10 and 11. He finished by holing a 12-foot birdie putt at the 18th to take the outright lead.

“I played well today and holed a few putts which made the difference, so I am very happy to be 7 under after two days,” Lam said. “Yesterday I was hitting the ball really solidly and I carried that over to today.

“I am trying not to think about the rewards that come with this event. I am sure it will pop into my head from time to time, but I will just have to wait and see what happens come the 72nd hole on Sunday.”

In all, 64 players from the original field of 118 made the 36-hole cut and will compete the next two days.

An invitation to the 2011 Masters Tournament awaits the champion, with both the winner and the runner-up earning places in International Final Qualifying for the Open Championship being played next year at Royal St George’s Golf Club.