Sato extends lead at Chongqing Championship
Japan’s Taihei Sato is hoping to become the first player from Japan to win on the PGA TOUR Series-China and is on track after a 6-under 67 helped him secure a two-stroke lead at the halfway stage of this week’s Chongqing Championship, the season-opening event.To get more sport news in China, you can visit shine news official website.
Building on an opening 66, Sato was again in top form at Poly Golf Club, carding six birdies in a bogey-free round to move to 13-under and two strokes clear going into the weekend.
Speaking of good form, China’s Huang Wenyi was the center of attention Friday after firing – wait for it – 10 birdies for a career-low, 10-under 63, which helped him soar into second alongside America’s Trevor Sluman (66) and Australia’s Max McCardle (67), who was the top Australian finisher on last year’s Order of Merit when he finished 16th.
Sato is no stranger to the course this week after he tied for sixth at the same event in 2018, one of his four overall top-10 finishes that helped him to an 18th-place Order of Merit finish in 2018 despite playing in only eight events.After carding 15 birdies in his opening two rounds, it came as no surprise to see Sato was thrilled with his performance.
“I played so well. Putting was so-so, but my ball-striking was great again today. It feels great to play so well again. I hope that I can keep playing well this weekend because I want to win the tournament.”Huang has played across a number of Tours, including the European Tour, Asian Tour, and PGA TOUR Series-China, to name a few, and is known for his ability to get on a roll once he gets into a rhythm. That was certainly the case Friday.
After starting his day with a birdie on the par-3 11th, Huang kept the pedal down, adding four more birdies on his front nine to make the turn at 5-under. He then birdied holes 1, 4, 5, 7 and 9 to close a memorable round that included more birdies than pars.
Chasing the leaders in a tie for fifth at 10-under are Chinese duo Yang Yinong (66) and amateur Liang Enqi (68), American David Kocher (66), and Chinese Taipei’s Chiehpo Lee (68).