Around the green
MAKING THE CUT SAVES MONTY SHOPPING TOUR
Colin Montgomerie did just enough to stay in the tournament with two birdies on his back nine - and admitted having a little extra motivation than his usual competitive pride. 'I've got the mother-in-law and the wife here, so it's actually saving me money playing golf rather than shopping,' the Scot joked after finishing with a 69 for a two-over 142 total, the same as playing partner and fellow veteran Jose Maria Olazabal. They will be paired again today.
HARRINGTON HAPPY TO PACK THE CLUBS AWAY
Padraig Harrington looks set to miss out on the lucrative season-ending Dubai World Championships, but won't mind an enforced holiday. 'I haven't played enough and I didn't play well in the double-counting events. Such is life,' said Harrington, who shot 71 for a total of one over. He is 67th in the Race to Dubai, more than Euro50,000 (HK$525,000) away from the top 60 who qualify. '[Missing out] would actually suit me, I always like to take a good break. Obviously I want to be there, it's something to focus on at the weekend but if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen.'
HONG KONG PAIR BRING UP THE REAR
Hong Kong's Cheng Ka-yiu had the highest score of the pros, 26 over for his two rounds, but aims to be back for more next year. 'I enjoyed it despite the score. This is the first time I've ever played in an event this big,' said the 30-year-old teaching professional, who qualified at Kau Sai Chau. 'The first round I was nervous and didn't play well at all [16 over]. I felt more relaxed today and could enjoy it a bit more. I still didn't play that well, but I'll try again next year.' Cheng's blushes were saved when Hong Kong amateur Ronald Totton went even better, hitting 90 to finish 33 over, including a nine on the par-four first.
PAGUNSAN HAS ONE HAND ON MERIT TITLE
Filipino Juvic Pagunsan edged closer to sealing the Asian Tour's Order of Merit after closest rival SSP Chowrasia missed the cut, but insisted he wouldn't let up over the weekend. 'I don't think I've sealed it yet. All the top-10 guys who are still here in Hong Kong still have a chance,' Pagunsan (pictured) said after a 70 kept him on two under. He leads Chowrasia by more than US$280,000 with this and one more event to go. 'I'm not going to let up at all over the weekend. I'll just try to hang in and keep focusing on my game over the next couple of days. It would be the biggest achievement of my life if I do it.'