Liang finds form despite distractions
The largest gallery of the day was hanging on every shot played by Ian Poulter, Rory McIlroy and Liang Wenchong.
Yet it was the Chinese number one who brought the biggest cheers - and the best round of the star grouping - as Liang held his nerve in the face of all the attention to shoot a second-round 65, finishing the day at nine-under-par 131 and a share of the tournament lead.
The 31-year-old Zhongshan native said it was all going to plan - even the flashing light bulbs and extra noise were of little distraction.
'I am quite familiar with Hong Kong and today I was playing with two very good players,' said Liang (pictured), who is in a purple patch of form after finishing second in the Barclays Singapore Open two weeks ago.
'So there were a lot of spectators following us, a lot of cameras as well. Overall, the atmosphere was very good, but there was some interference and disturbance during the round.
'Of course, we need the spectators, but also we need to stay focused on the game to ensure that we play well.'
Birdies on the 17th and 18th rubber-stamped Liang's round, which saw him outplay Poulter (66) and McIlroy (68) and he said that, while he always enjoyed the chance to play alongside some of the world's best golfers, in the end it was all about his own game and where it might take him this week.
'It was a great chance to play with Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy, but actually I am playing my own game,' he said. 'What I need to do over the next two days is stay focused and put myself in a very good position.'
The colder conditions were also not a worry for Liang, even if he admitted that it took a little longer to get warmed up than he might like; six straight pars to begin the round while his blood warmed up, before a birdie on seven and four more over the back nine back his story up.
'I felt a bit cold in the morning, but I just thought I'd do everything step by step today,' he said.
'If you prepare for the game and prepare for the weather you can give yourself a good opportunity to play well and that's what I have done this week.
'It is a learning process, the mental game; you get more mature every time you get out there with different players.'
And Liang enters the weekend with a share of the lead and things could not really be looking any better.
The number of professional wins of Ian Poulter, who finished ahead of Liang Wenchong in Singapore this month: 10