Filipino Angelo Que storms into contention at Hong Kong Open

Filipino's five straight birdies on the back nine leave him just three shots behind the leader

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 December, 2013, 10:05pm
UPDATED : Friday, 06 December, 2013, 10:09pm

Angelo Que's scorching run of five straight birdies as he turned for home had Fanling buzzing yesterday and while two late bogeys took some of the gloss off the Filipino's heroics, he had still played himself well into contention after two days.

His round of three under par - and four under for the tournament - keeps the leaders in sight and the 35-year-old Que said his blitz on holes 10 to 14 had filled him full of confidence.

"Making five birdies in a row on this course is pretty amazing," said Que. "I haven't done that in a while. I'm still up there and still pretty close."

Making five birdies in a row on this course is pretty amazing. I haven't done that in a while
Angelo Que 

Hiccups on 16 and 18 were quickly brushed aside as Que focused on what might be to come. The three-time Asian Tour winner arrived at the Hong Kong Open with four top-five finishes over the past season under his belt and his game in top condition.

"I've had a lot of confidence the whole year and I think this has been one of my most consistent years," said Que, a two-time winner of his country's amateur title before turning pro a decade ago. "I've been putting the best so far and hopefully this week will be a win for me."

There was also a bogey on the last and a four-under total for Thailand's Prom Meesawat, who had snatched the lead earlier in the day after three birdies had taken him to seven under par after seven holes.

But the 29-year-old said the lightning-fast greens had proved his undoing as the day wore on.

"I had a good start on the front nine but I'm a little bit disappointed," he said. "My putting is not working very well. Sometimes when you have an uphill putt you really go for it and if you miss you have a scary putt coming back. It's very fast on the greens, especially on the 18th."

Like Que, though, Prom was more concerned, as he left the course, with looking ahead to the weekend and promised he would spend as long as he could out on the practice green before the shadows fell over the New Territories course. "I'm okay with my score," he said. "I've never finished in the top 20 on the course, so maybe this time I can. On this course, anything can happen. I'll go and work on my putting and then aim to maintain my concentration over the weekend."