Saturday 20 January 2018

Pittayarat retains his lead in Singapore as three Irish players make cut

A four-under round of 68 was enough for Panuphol Pittayarat to retain a one-stroke lead after two rounds of The Championship at Laguna National.

With scoring well down on the first round the Thai player was not able to match his nine-under par opening effort, but he still kept his nose in front of the chasing pack.

Pittayarat hit five birdies, losing a shot with a bogey six on the second hole and finishing 13 under.

American David Lipsky, Chilean Felipe Aguilar and Australian Scott Hend sat one shot back on 12 under.

Hend's seven-under 65 was the low round of the day, while Aguilar shot 67 and Lipsky matched Pittayarat's 68.

Denmark's Anders Hansen was the top-placed European after 36 holes, sitting two shots off the lead alongside Seuk-hyun Baek and Rahil Gangjee.

Scotland's Scott Jamieson slipped from a share of second to a five-way tie for 10th after following his first day 64 with a 71.

The 30-year-old Glaswegian had a mixed round including five bogeys, four birdies and a redemptive eagle at the par-five 15th.

Englishman Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Wood joined Jamieson on nine under after signing for matching 67s.

Edoardo Molinari missed the cut mark by a single stroke on three under.

Gareth Maybin is the best-placed Irish player on six under, Simon Thornton is in a tie for 48th on five under while Peter Lawrie is the only other Irish golfer to make the cut a shot further back

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