Matt Wallace takes a shot lead at 9-under-135
Matt Wallace entered the second day at Volvo China Open, a shot behind the overnight leader and local hero Daxing Jin, at the great Topwin Golf and Country Club, Beijing.
Matt Wallace fired a 2-under-70 round today consisting an exciting eagle on the par-5 eighth (which he eagled even yesterday), two birdies, one which came on the last hole, and two bogeys giving him a shot lead over the trio of Sihwan Kim, Jason Scrivener, and Nacho Elvira.
Australian Jason Scrivener looked strong to capture the lead but fell short with a double-bogey on the par-4 ninth, his last hole.
Matt Wallace won his second European Tour Title at the Hero Indian Open at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram.
His two-under-70 in the windy conditions today, he is in contention once again for his third European Tour Title.
“It was tough all day, the wind picked up in the afternoon,” he said. “I was two under after eight holes and was just thinking we can get a couple more birdies on the back nine. But the wind just picked up and I could not get it close enough.
“There were a lot of guys on eight under par this morning and I tried to push on and widen the gap but the weather didn’t really allow me to score. Hopefully, the weather will be kind.
“I am playing nice golf so to be ahead with the tough conditions today is a nice feeling and I am going to bring that over to the weekend.”
Indians at the Event
Birthday boy, Gaganjeet Bhullar dropped 14 spots from his T-8th finish on Thursday with his round of 72 consisting four birdies and an equal number of bogeys, taking his total to 4-under-140 for a T-22nd position on the board with Scott Vincent, Andrea Pavan, the opening round leader Daxing Jin, Julian Suri, Haotong Li, James Morrison, Hongfu Wu, Gavin Green, Alvaro Quiros, Ashley Chesters, Matteo Manassero, and Xuewen Luo.
Shiv Kapur added a bogey-free round of 68with birdies on seventh, 11th, 15th, and 17th, to his 73 today, taking his total to three-under-141 for a T-35th position on the board and join Shubhankar Sharma, Arjun Atwal, Jin-ho Choi, Prom Meesawat, Tapio Pulkkanen, Marcus Kinhult, Andrew Dodt, and Yuta Ikeda.
Khalin Joshi stood T-50th and was the last Indian to qualify for the weekend with a total of just 69 making it, as the cut-line was set at 1-under-143.