Honma Hong Kong Open

Taichi Kho on brink of rubbing shoulders with Sergio Garcia&Co at Hong Kong Open

Teenager takes two-shot lead into final round at Fanling on Friday

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 September, 2017, 5:30pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 October, 2017, 4:20pm

Taichi Kho moved a step closer to a childhood dream of competing in the UBS Hong Kong Open, topping the leaderboard at the halfway stage of the qualifying tournament on Thursday.

The 16-year-old shot a five-under par round of 65 on the New Course at Hong Kong Golf Club to lead fellow Hong Kong Golf Association player Max Wong Chen-kun by two shots.

“I got off to a really good start going three under after four holes, and just managed to keep the momentum going. I kept my focus and I’m really happy with the round,” said Kho, who is studying for his IB diploma at Discovery College in Discovery Bay.

Kho has his father caddying for him and said he would take the same approach and mindset for the final round at Fanling on Friday.

“I’ll try to enjoy the experience. I’m going out with two good friends – Terrence [Ng] and Max [Wong] – so I will just try to stay focused and see what happens.”

Tied in third place at two-under 68 are Ng, Matthew Cheung and Yue Yin-ho.

The top two players will join some of the best players in the world, including Masters champion Sergio Garcia, in the Hong Kong Open at Fanling from November 23-26.