Japan's Hasegawa seizes halfway lead at OB Golf Invitational

Fri 23 Mar 2018

Japan's Hasegawa seizes halfway lead at OB Golf Invitational

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Bogor Indonesia, March 23: Japan’s Shohei Hasegawa returned on Friday morning to sign for a superb six-under-par 65, grabbing the halfway lead by one shot at the weather-disrupted OB Golf Invitational..

The 24-year-old Japanese, who started the round one shot back, fired six birdies and one eagle against two bogeys to move atop the leaderboard with a nine-under-par 133 total at the US$70,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.

Shinichi Mizuno of Japan

Compatriot Shinichi Mizuno carded a flawless 64 to propel into second place while American John Catlin, who held the opening round lead, settled three shots off the pace in third following a 69 at the Gunung Guerlis Golf and Country Club.

Hasegawa, who came through the Asian Tour Qualifying School earlier in January, is chasing for a breakthrough win in only his third start on the ADT this season. He had enjoyed a tied-sixth finish in Brunei two weeks ago.

“I started on hole nine and had 10 holes to finish today. I birdied my first hole and was feeling very good about my game. I made an eagle on hole 12 where I hit a great drive and had 75 metres left to the pin.

“I could not see the green from where I was standing but I knew I hit a pretty good approach with my 58-degree wedge. I only found out that I holed it when I walked up to the green and that was the nest moment for me this morning,” said Hasegawa.

Amateur Narajie E. Ramadhan P. posted a 68 to emerge as the best-placed Indonesian in fourth place on 137 while countryman Indra Hermawan (69) stayed a further shot back in fifth alongside American Sydney Chung (65). “I didn’t even warm up before heading out for the second round. I just stretched a little bit and went out there. I was swinging the club well the first couple of holes so I took aggressive lines all day, just to see if I could climb up the leaderboard as much as possible today. My game plan worked out well,” said Chung after completing his round on Thursday

Starting from the 10th hole, Chung nailed eight birdies before stumbling with a double-bogey on the sixth. He recovered swiftly with a birdie on the next but gave it away after dropping a bogey on his last hole ninth.

“On the sixth hole, I actually only had 60 yards left after my drive. I was playing aggressive all day so I went right at the pin, but it took such a firm bounce and went into the hazard. Then I missed my putt for bogey. But I recovered on the very next hole with a birdie,” Chung added.

The halfway cut was set at six-over-par 148 with 61 players advancing to the final two rounds.

Inclement weather has caused several rain suspensions over the last two days at the OB Golf Invitational. The third and penultimate round is underway.

Ends.

Leading Round Two scores

133 - Shohei HASEGAWA (JPN) 68 65


134 - Shinichi MIZUNO (JPN) 70 64

136 - John CATLIN (USA) 67 69

137 - Naraajie E. RAMADHAN PUTRA (A) (INA) 69 68
138 - Sydney CHUNG (USA) 73 65, Indra HERMAWAN (INA) 69 69
139 - Johnson POH (SGP) 69 70, Blake SNYDER (USA) 72 67, George GANDRANATA (INA) 70 69
140 - Oscar ZETTERWALL (SWE) 71 69, Rinaldi ADIYANDONO (INA) 70 70
141 - Matt KILLEN (ENG) 72 69
142 - Naoki SEKITO (JPN) 71 71, Udayan MANE (IND) 71 71, Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) 69 73, Ryonosuke SEKI (JPN) 72 70, Stephen LINDSKOG (SWE) 69 73, Jordan IRAWAN (INA) 72 70
143 - Ryuzo SAKASHITA (JPN) 72 71, Josh SALAH (USA) 74 69, Jeff BURTON (USA) 72 71, Taejun OH (KOR) 69 74, Junya KAMESHIRO (JPN) 73 70, Tarik CAN (USA) 71 72, KOH Deng Shan (SGP) 70 73, Lee SONG (KOR) 69 74

About Asian Development Tour

The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.