Heavy rains forced the organizers to abandon the second round of the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship yesterday, with first-round leader Filipino Angelo Que remaining three shots clear.
Play was called off before the three-time Asian Tour winner, who shot a flawless seven-under 65 on Thursday to take a single-shot lead over India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar and Jason Knutzon of the US, was able to tee off.
Thunderstorms caused play to be halted for the first time at about 9:30am and as downpours continued to soak the Linkou International Golf and Country Club, officials were forced to abandon the day’s play at 3pm.
Knutzon was level-par through nine holes to remain in second place at the US$500,000 event along with Bhullar, who like Que did not start his second round.
Taiwanese veteran Lu Wen-teh, a five-time Asian Tour winner, provided spectators with something to cheer before the storms hit when he recorded the event’s second hole-in-one on the par-three 11th.
It came a day after Knutzon’s ace on the fifth.
“This is my fourth hole-in-one since I turned professional and it came with my biggest prize to date,” Lu said. “I’m happy and hopefully I can continue my charge when we return tomorrow.”
Taiwan’s Huang Tao made the best of it before conditions took a turn for the worse, going three-under after six holes to take a share of sixth place.
“The winds started to blow very strongly from the fourth hole and it was a challenge to play under such conditions. Hopefully, the weather will be kind to us tomorrow,” said Huang, who had opened with a 72.
Lin Wen-tang was the highest placed Taiwanese in fourth spot, two shots behind Que.
The players were scheduled to resume their rounds at 8am today.
Additional reporting by Staff writer