Foshan Open R2

Knappe holds lead after 36 holes in Foshan

October 24-27
Foshan Golf Club, Shishan Town, Nanhai District, Foshan City, China
$500,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4

Alexander Knappe carded his second successive seven under par round of 65 to lead the Foshan Open by one stroke at the end of day two at Foshan Golf Club.

Foshan Open R2 - Knappe holds lead after 36 holes
Credit: Richard Castka/Sportpixgolf.com

The German reached 14 under par without carding a bogey on day two and he leads at the halfway stage by one shot ahead of Australia’s Cory Crawford, who also posted a round of 65 on day two to reach 13 under par. English duo Matthew Jordan and Ben Stow, meanwhile, share third place at 11 under par alongside Portugal’s Ricardo Santos.

Playing on an invite this week, Knappe is currently ranked 89th on the Road to Mallorca Rankings following a disappointing season, however a victory this week will catapult him into contention for a European Tour card, with current projections showing he could leap to 12th place in the Rankings.

With 14 birdies and an eagle on his card over the first two days, Knappe has highlighted his putting as a key factor for his strong performance so far this week.


“I putted really well during the first two days and I think that has been key,” he said. “It always keeps me going and I holed a long few putts today, which was good.

“I just like it out here in China because it’s hot and I can swing freely. The flowers and the nature inspire me and I just like to play on these courses.

“There was almost no wind today, maybe a half a club’s worth, and the weather couldn’t be better.

“I just tried to play my best; I don’t have a game plan. I’ll just take it shot-by-shot over the weekend and that’s it.”

A shot behind the trio of Jordan, Santos and Stow in third place are five players in a share of sixth at ten under par, including Road to Mallorca Number Five Richard Bland, Poland’s Adrian Meronk, Dutchman Lars van Meijel and Chinese player Bai Zheng-kai, who beat Stow’s one-day-old course record with a bogey-free nine under par 63.


The final player in a tie for sixth place is Scotland’s Calum Hill, who carded the fourth hole-in-one of his life on his way to a six under par 66 on day two.

“I had 167 yards and it was just perfect for an eight iron for me. I started it ten yards right of the pin and drew it in and it took one hop and disappeared into the hole,” Hill said.


“This is a fantastic event. I came here for the first time last year and the golf course is brilliant, the hospitality is amazing and it’s a brilliant event to come to. I always have a good time.”

One amateur and 70 professionals made the cut of two under par or better and the third round will begin at 6.50am local time, with Kade McBride playing in a one-ball to begin the day. The final pairing of Knappe and Crawford will tee off at 12.30pm.


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
KNAPPE, Alexander
-14
65
65
2
CRAWFORD, Cory
-13
66
65
3
SANTOS, Ricardo
-11
67
66
STOW, Ben
-11
64
69
JORDAN, Matthew
-11
66
67
6
BAI, Zheng-kai
-10
71
63
HILL, Calum
-10
68
66
MERONK, Adrian
-10
68
66
VAN MEIJEL, Lars
-10
70
64
BLAND, Richard
-10
68
66
11
FARR, Oliver
-9
66
69
12
BLOMSTRAND, Christofer
-8
71
65
XIAO, Bowen
-8
72
64
FENASSE, Mathieu
-8
70
66
15
HEISELE, Sebastian
-7
69
68
BOOTE, David
-7
68
69
TILEY, Steven
-7
66
71
LIU, Yanwei
-7
67
70
DE SOUSA, Raphaël
-7
70
67
KAKKO, Roope
-7
66
71
21
WU, Hongfu
-6
72
66
YANG, Yinong
-6
69
69
ARMITAGE, Marcus
-6
69
69
LAPORTA, Francesco
-6
73
65
HUANG, Wenyi
-6
71
67
21
ZEMMER, Aron
-6
66
72
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
-6
68
70
SCALISE, Lorenzo
-6
68
70
PORTEOUS, Garrick
-6
72
66
DOU, Zecheng
-6
71
67
31
FERGUSON, Ewen
-5
69
70
SYME, Connor
-5
70
69
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ, Sebastian
-5
68
71
JIN, Cheng
-5
71
68
SHARVIN, Cormac
-5
68
71
COCKERILL, Aaron
-5
69
70
37
HUIZING, Daan
-4
70
70
YEH, Yu-Chen
-4
71
69
ROUSSEL, Robin
-4
70
70
CLEMENTS, Todd
-4
72
68
BESSELING, Wil
-4
73
67
CHEN, Xiaozhong
-4
69
71
COUPLAND, Dave
-4
72
68
LIN, K.P.
-4
70
70
PERRIER, Damien
-4
68
72
POKE, Benjamin
-4
70
70
McGOWAN, Ross
-4
70
70
ZHANG, Changlei
-4
73
67
SENIOR, Jack
-4
69
71
SIMONSEN, Martin
-4
71
69
51
PIGEM, Carlos
-3
71
70
CHEN, Guxin (AM)
-3
69
72
ENOCH, Rhys
-3
75
66
HØJGAARD, Rasmus
-3
75
66
EASTON, Bryce
-3
68
73
WU, Di
-3
71
70
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-3
69
72
PRATEEPTIENCHAI, Suteepat
-3
74
67
ANGLES, Pep
-3
71
70
YUAN, Kevin
-3
68
73
61
MCBRIDE, Kade
-2
70
72
LAMPERT, Moritz
-2
74
68
CANTER, Laurie
-2
75
67
CHEN, Zihao
-2
71
71
ANTCLIFF, Maverick
-2
72
70
STUREHED, Henric
-2
70
72
CHIEN, Sam
-2
72
70
ZHANG, Huilin
-2
72
70
ROZNER, Antoine
-2
71
71
HAVRET, Grégory
-2
73
69
YUN, Sungho
-2
72
70
72
GRONKVIST, Andreas
-1
71
72
143
YE, Jianfeng
-1
73
70
143
SHE, Zihan
-1
73
70
143
HAWKES, Simon
-1
70
73
143
KUANG, Yang(AM)
-1
75
68
143
GEARY, Josh
-1
71
72
143
LIMA, José-Filipe
-1
74
69
143
BALDWIN, Matthew
-1
73
70
143
BEARD, Hayden
-1
74
69
143
ZHANG, Zi-Hong
-1
75
68
143
VIRTO, Borja
-1
73
70
143
83
FORD, Matt
PAR
71
73
144
LUO, Xuewen
PAR
72
72
144
YAO, Xuefeng
PAR
74
70
144
ECCLES, Ben
PAR
75
69
144
VAN DRIEL, Darius
PAR
71
73
144
JIN, Daxing
PAR
74
70
144
CHEN, Dinggen
PAR
68
76
144
OUYANG, Zheng
PAR
73
71
144
SONG, Chao
PAR
74
70
144
PAEZ, Nicolas
PAR
73
71
144
SJÖHOLM, Joel
PAR
70
74
144
WILKIN, Fraser
PAR
70
74
144
95
ZHANG, Jia
1
75
70
145
COUSSAUD, Ugo
1
76
69
145
LIN, Yung-Lung
1
77
68
145
YIN, Yongxuan
1
72
73
145
MA, Chengyao
1
69
76
145
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
1
74
71
145
ZHANG, Jin
1
70
75
145
102
JUNG, Woojin
2
74
72
146
CHAO, Haimeng
2
71
75
146
104
YUAN, Tian
3
71
76
147
LENGDEN, Oscar
3
72
75
147
ZHOU, Guowu
3
73
74
147
ROBERTS, Oliver
3
75
72
147
LINDELL, Oliver
3
72
75
147
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage
3
76
71
147
MUIR, Kieran
3
73
74
147
WHITNELL, Dale
3
73
74
147
WIEGELE, Martin
3
76
71
147
113
HE, Zeming
4
71
77
148
LIN, Jiahao(AM)
4
75
73
148
115
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
5
77
72
149
116
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
6
75
75
150
HAK, Shun Yat
6
75
75
150
WU, Tuxuan
6
77
73
150
LIU, Enhua(AM)
6
75
75
150
120
CHEN, Yilong
8
77
75
152
121
XUE, Han
9
81
72
153
XU, Guo-zhen
9
80
73
153
123
ZHANG, Boyi (AM)
16
79
81
160
124
LIN, Singyin (AM)
30
90
84
174
125
LIANG, Jiekun(AM)
31
85
90
175
W/D
MACPHERSON, Bryden
76
76