Goosen Scott Amongst Leaders in Beijing


BEIJING -- Adam Scott and Retief Goosen, both ranked in the top 10 in the world, are among the leaders during the second round of the Johnnie Walker Classic.
On Friday, all players completed their first rounds after heavy wind forced officials to stop the action after only three hours on Thursday. Only half of the field teed it up in the second round, while only half of those players completed their second rounds.
Those 36 players who did not finish their second round return to Pine Valley Golf Resort and Country Club at 6:30 a.m. local time Saturday morning. The golfers who need to begin their second round are scheduled to go off at 6:45 a.m.
The plan is to play as much golf as possible on Saturday. Officials will make the 36-hole cut, then send the players out in threesomes off split tees in the third round. The same format may be in play for the final round as it is expected that the completion of the third round will not take place until Sunday.
Scott matched the course record on Friday with a 9-under-par 63. He did not hit a shot in the second round, but was joined in the lead by two-time and reigning U.S. Open champion Goosen (67), Michael Campbell (65) and last week's Open de Espana winner Peter Hanson (65). That trio completed two rounds at 9-under-par 135.
Chawalit Plaphol is 2-under par on his round and only has his 18th hole to complete. He is alone in fifth place at minus-8. Yuan-Chi Chen is also 2 under in the second round and holds sixth place at 7 under par through 14 holes.
Scott completed 10 holes on Thursday before play was called. He returned in style with back-to-back birdies at two and three, his 11th and 12th holes of the first round.
At the seventh, Scott tallied his third birdie on the back nine, and a 4-iron second shot at the par-5 eighth stopped inches from the hole. He tapped in for eagle, then pitched in from 20 feet for birdie at the ninth.
'It was such a shame yesterday. The weather was fine but it was just too windy. The greens were quick, everything was perfect but there was just too much wind,' said Scott, who won this year's weather-plagued Nissan Open on the PGA Tour. 'Today was totally different and I got off to a good start and finished well. It just felt like things were going my way.'
Goosen, who won this title in 2002, started his second round on the back nine and collected three birdies in his first seven holes. He three-putted from 40 feet for bogey at No. 17, but rebounded with a birdie at the 18th.
Goosen recorded only two birdies on his second nine, but it was enough to put the reigning U.S. Open champion into a tie for the lead. Unfortunately, the South African is not sure he will still have a share of first when Scott finishes his second round.
'I'm happy to finish on 9 under and hopefully by tomorrow, I won't be more than about four shots behind,' said Goosen. 'It was a tricky day today because the wind was variable, sometimes it was blowing into you and sometimes it was blowing down.'
Campbell, who won this title in 2000, also began on the back nine and recorded four birdies in his first eight holes. He dropped a shot at the 18th, but posted four additional birdies on his second nine to grab his piece of the lead.
Hanson was only 1 under after his front nine, but torched his back nine with six birdies for a 30.
Hanson picked up his first European Tour victory last week when he defeated fellow countryman Peter Gustafsson in a playoff. The Swede is clearly excited about the state of his game.
'I feel very good about my game at the moment,' said Hanson. 'I am striking the ball very nicely and am just trying to keep my momentum going and keep my focus on this tournament and not think too much about what I did in Spain.'
Colin Montgomerie carded a 2-under 70 in the second round and is in the clubhouse at 6-under-par 138. Prayad Marksaeng and Miles Tunnicliff are both two-under in their second rounds and on the back nine.
Sergio Garcia, who played with Scott in the first round, shot a 5-under 67 and is alone in 10th place.
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