x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Bing takes lead at Asian Tour finale

The Singapore golfer Lam Chih Bing shot a slick 66 to grab a two-stroke lead at the end of day two at the Volvo Masters of Asia.

The Thai golfer Prayad Marksaeng chips on to the green during the second round of the Volvo Masters of Asia.
The Thai golfer Prayad Marksaeng chips on to the green during the second round of the Volvo Masters of Asia.

BANGKOK // The Singapore golfer Lam Chih Bing shot a slick 66 to grab a two-stroke lead at the end of day two at the Volvo Masters of Asia. Bing carded five birdies on a stunning outward nine and added two more on the 14th and 18th holes of the Asian Tour's season-ending finale to go two clear at nine-under par, with four players tied for second. Bing, who has twice earned a place at the British Open, said the six-under 66 came as a result of less pressure having retained his Asian Tour card.

"It's become so much easier to play out here, (keeping my card) was a big monkey off my back," he said. "Just being here, I've already achieved my goal." The overnight leader Neven Basic of Australia slumped to ninth place after carding a disappointing 74, eight strokes worse than his first round total. Chapchai Nirat, who imploded after leading the co-sanctioned Singapore Open into the final day, fired an impressive 66 after seven birdies and a lone bogey to lie in a tie for second.

"It was a good day, I hit my driver and irons well and putted good," said Chapchai, who is aiming to be the third Thai in succession to win the season-ending championship. "It's a mental game, I learned a lot from the Singapore Open. Hopefully I can control my mind and emotions better." He was joined on seven-under by the Australians Mitchell Brown and Marcus Both, and Antonio Lascuna from the Philippines.

The Indian Jeev Milkha Singh, this year's order of merit winner on a record US$1.4 million (Dh5.1m), carded a two-under 70 after his miserable effort of 76 yesterday, which leaves him languishing two-over in 41st place. *Reuters