Su hits another 70 to keep Tianjin lead

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 September, 2008, 12:00am

Teenage amateur James Su Dong shot a second successive two-under-par 70 to stretch his lead to seven strokes at the halfway stage of the Tianjin Championship, the Omega China Tour's penultimate event this season.

Experienced Taiwanese invites Tsai Chi-huang and Hsu Mong-nan, Hao Chunxi, Kong Weihai and amateur David Wei Wei share second on three over at the Yangliuqing Golf Club.

Li Chao, the two-time Omega Order of Merit champion, and Xiao Zhijin are joint seventh on four over.

The Canadian-educated Su started on the back nine and recorded 10 straight pars before bogeying hole two. He then bagged two successive birdies and another on his last hole.

'People say this course is long, but I love long courses. After my tee shots, I'm only using a gap or sand wedge,' said the big-hitting amateur, whose solitary bogey followed a stray tee shot into the woods. 'I had nine birdie chances in my first nine holes but couldn't convert because my putting was awful. I changed my posture and it started to feel better.'

Su has twice finished third on this year's Tour, including the Sofitel Golf Championship in Nanjing, when he missed a four-foot putt to join playing partners Liao Guiming and Zhang Lianwei in a play-off.

This week's event marks the China Tour's first stop in Tianjin and the city's first major professional golf event since the 2004 Tianjin Teda Open on the Asian Tour.