European Challenge Tour

Hainan Open 2018

October 11-14

Sanya Luhuitou Golf Club, Sanya, Hainan, China

$350,000

October 11-14

Sanya Luhuitou Golf Club, Sanya, Hainan, China

$350,000

Round 2

Slick Samooja grasps Hainan lead at halfway stage

October 12, 2018

Consistency has been a constant theme for Kalle Samooja this season and he continued in that same vein at the Hainan Open on Friday, posting a six under par 66 to take his total to 13 under and snatch the halfway lead.

Slick Samooja grasps Hainan lead at halfway stage, © Hainan Sports

- Hainan Sports

The Finn was in one of the first groups out at Sanya Luhuitou Golf Club on Day Two and quickly set about adding to his opening 65, carding three birdies in his first six holes to keep overnight leader Grant Forrest within reach.

Forrest also posted a trio of birdies to add to his ten under par total, but both men came unstuck on the eighth hole when they had to settle for a bogey apiece. As Forrest began to falter, Samooja got back on track and following three consecutive birdies he stormed past the Scotsman to take the lead.

As Forrest eventually settled for a level par round to stay at ten under, Samooja added two more gains on the closing holes and will now take a three-shot lead into the weekend.

“Yesterday was a good day and I pretty much carried on where I finished yesterday,” Samooja said. “Those two bogeys I made, I three-putted both so they were soft bogeys, but I holed a couple of good birdies. I played pretty solid the whole day.

“It’s my first time here and I really like it. It’s quite wide off the tee but it’s more of a second shot golf course so it suits me pretty well. The greens are perfect so I like it here.”

Samooja revealed that before his second round he received a message of advice from countryman and last year’s Challenge Tour Number One Tapio Pulkannen.

“Tapio actually sent me a message yesterday like ‘first go past Grant Forrest and don’t look back’ but I think it’s easier said than done!

“I’m past him now but hopefully I can keep doing what I’ve been doing and not look back. We’ll see what the weekend brings.

“I knew Grant was a couple of shots in front of me and he was going to start hot today as well. I knew I also had to shoot a low number to keep up with him and suddenly I saw on the leaderboard that he’d hit a couple of bogeys and it can happen to anybody.”

The 30 year old will quietly celebrate his excellent first half of the Hainan Open this evening but had nature taken an alternative path, he could quite easily have been celebrating something very different.

“I recently became a father, so it’s been a very exciting and happy time recently,” he said.

“He was supposed to be born today actually, but when I got back from France he was born on Monday so it was a bit of a different week off!

“I went to Ireland, played really badly, went home for a day and then came here. I like heat so it’s been a better week than cold Ireland.

“It’s been the consistency that’s helped this year. I’ve missed three cuts by one shot each so I’ve been close every time. I’ve had one more top ten than last year but I’ve also finished higher up this year and had solo finishes like in Denmark and a big finish in Kenya.”

Hot on the heels of Forrest in second are Nico Geyger and Niklas Lemke, both of whom carded five under par rounds of 67, while Sean Crocker joins the top five on eight under par.

Matt Ford and Troy Moses share sixth place on seven under par ahead a group of seven players a shot back, including Adri Arnaus who carded a bogey-free 66 to move into contention ahead of the weekend.

63 players survived the cut of level par and the third round will begin tomorrow at 7.10am local time.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
SAMOOJA, Kalle
-13
65
66
131
2
FORREST, Grant
-10
62
72
134
3
LEMKE, Niklas
-9
68
67
135
GEYGER, Nico
-9
68
67
135
5
CROCKER, Sean
-8
68
68
136
6
FORD, Matt
-7
67
70
137
MOSES, Troy
-7
68
69
137
8
MERONK, Adrian
-6
69
69
138
WILKIN, Fraser
-6
70
68
138
ARNAUS, Adri
-6
72
66
138
MCBRIDE, Kade
-6
69
69
138
WILSON, Jack
-6
70
68
138
ECCLES, Ben
-6
70
68
138
SU, Dong
-6
71
67
138
15
FERGUSON, Ewen
-5
69
70
139
BESSELING, Wil
-5
68
71
139
SENIOR, Jack
-5
68
71
139
HANSEN, Joachim B.
-5
68
71
139
FIGUEIREDO, Pedro
-5
68
71
139
20
ITEN, Marco
-4
69
71
140
SODERBERG, Sebastian
-4
68
72
140
PRATEEPTIENCHAI, Suteepat
-4
70
70
140
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme
-4
71
69
140
LAPORTA, Francesco
-4
69
71
140
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage
-4
68
72
140
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
-4
68
72
140
HOEY, Michael
-4
70
70
140
LUO, Xuewen
-4
67
73
140
HILL, Calum
-4
68
72
140
MINAMOTO, Yusuke
-4
70
70
140
31
MACINTYRE, Robert
-3
70
71
141
JOHNSTON, Liam
-3
67
74
141
TILEY, Steven
-3
69
72
141
STOW, Ben
-3
71
70
141
LEON, Hugo
-3
69
72
141
PEREZ, Victor
-3
68
73
141
MURRAY, Tom
-3
68
73
141
ROZNER, Antoine
-3
68
73
141
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
-3
69
72
141
PAPADATOS, Dimitrios
-3
70
71
141
41
KIM, Minkyu
-2
71
71
142
WILSON, Oliver
-2
73
69
142
ARMITAGE, Marcus
-2
75
67
142
YE, Jianfeng
-2
73
69
142
45
HUIZING, Daan
-1
73
70
143
BEKKER, Oliver
-1
71
72
143
BRANDT-RICHARDS, Dale
-1
70
73
143
LEE, Kevin
-1
72
71
143
OVESEN, Martin
-1
72
71
143
MEJOW, Philipp
-1
70
73
143
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-1
72
71
143
LAW, David
-1
73
70
143
LENGDEN, Oscar
-1
71
72
143
MUENLEK, Panuwat
-1
73
70
143
ORRIN, Max
-1
73
70
143
56
SINGH BRAR, Jack
Par
72
72
144
SJÖHOLM, Joel
Par
70
74
144
GIRRBACH, Joel
Par
73
71
144
EVANS, Ben
Par
72
72
144
VAN DRIEL, Darius
Par
72
72
144
ZHUANG, Zhu
Par
72
72
144
HENRY, Scott
Par
72
72
144
MACPHERSON, Bryden
Par
73
71
144
64
MA, Chengyao
1
71
74
145
KARLSSON, Anton
1
75
70
145
WU, Hongfu
1
71
74
145
SHE, Zihan
1
75
70
145
LI (AM), Linqiang
1
73
72
145
OUYANG, Zheng
1
74
71
145
VIRTO, Borja
1
73
72
145
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
1
70
75
145
HU, Diandian
1
72
73
145
MANLEY, Stuart
1
72
73
145
FENASSE, Mathieu
1
74
71
145
75
McGOWAN, Ross
2
71
75
146
SATO, Hidetomo
2
73
73
146
JIN, Daxing
2
73
73
146
YANG, Yinong
2
73
73
146
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
2
72
74
146
80
ZHANG, Changlei
3
73
74
147
BELT, Alex
3
77
70
147
JOHANNESSEN, Kristian Krogh
3
71
76
147
LEE, Jaewon
3
74
73
147
KNAPPE, Alexander
3
71
76
147
KIM, Euiin
3
71
76
147
86
FAN, Shiyu
4
75
73
148
ZHI, Shang
4
74
74
148
LIN, Wei
4
76
72
148
ZHANG, Huilin
4
72
76
148
90
PARK, Sunghyuk
5
73
76
149
LIMA, José-Filipe
5
76
73
149
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape
5
77
72
149
LIANG, Dingfeng
5
72
77
149
YAO, Xuefeng
5
73
76
149
CHAO, Haimeng
5
76
73
149
96
PERRY, Mathew
6
75
75
150
PERRIER, Damien
6
72
78
150
GAGLI, Lorenzo
6
73
77
150
XING, Yixin
6
75
75
150
LANGASQUE, Romain
6
78
72
150
PYO, Sukmin
6
79
71
150
102
INOUE, Koji
7
73
78
151
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
7
77
74
151
CHEN, Jian
7
76
75
151
105
FENG, Delun
9
77
76
153
YAO, Yu
9
76
77
153
MA(AM), Bingwen
9
75
78
153
108
HUANG, Mingjie
10
78
76
154
ZHU, Weiyu
10
77
77
154
110
JIANG, Wei
11
78
77
155
CHEN (AM), Guxin
11
77
78
155
SONG, Chao
11
75
80
155
XU, Qin
11
75
80
155
114
CHEN (AM), Haolong
12
77
79
156
KIM, Beomsoo
12
74
82
156
116
LIU (AM), Enhua
13
82
75
157
MI, Yiyuan
13
77
80
157
118
LIAO, Guiming
14
75
83
158
YIN, Yongxuan
14
78
80
158
120
LIANG, Zheng
16
74
86
160
TAO, Yuezu
16
77
83
160
122
YI, Bo
20
78
86
164
DISQ
CHEN, Dinggen
-
-
-
-
RETD
LI, Tao
5
5
-
-
DISQ
XING, Zhi
2
2
-
-
Pos.
Player
To Par
R2
Total
1
SAMOOJA, Kalle
-13
66
131
2
FORREST, Grant
-10
72
134
3
LEMKE, Niklas
-9
67
135
GEYGER, Nico
-9
67
135
5
CROCKER, Sean
-8
68
136
6
FORD, Matt
-7
70
137
MOSES, Troy
-7
69
137
8
MERONK, Adrian
-6
69
138
WILKIN, Fraser
-6
68
138
ARNAUS, Adri
-6
66
138
MCBRIDE, Kade
-6
69
138
WILSON, Jack
-6
68
138
ECCLES, Ben
-6
68
138
SU, Dong
-6
67
138
15
FERGUSON, Ewen
-5
70
139
BESSELING, Wil
-5
71
139
SENIOR, Jack
-5
71
139
HANSEN, Joachim B.
-5
71
139
FIGUEIREDO, Pedro
-5
71
139
20
ITEN, Marco
-4
71
140
SODERBERG, Sebastian
-4
72
140
PRATEEPTIENCHAI, Suteepat
-4
70
140
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme
-4
69
140
LAPORTA, Francesco
-4
71
140
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage
-4
72
140
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
-4
72
140
HOEY, Michael
-4
70
140
LUO, Xuewen
-4
73
140
HILL, Calum
-4
72
140
MINAMOTO, Yusuke
-4
70
140
31
MACINTYRE, Robert
-3
71
141
JOHNSTON, Liam
-3
74
141
TILEY, Steven
-3
72
141
STOW, Ben
-3
70
141
LEON, Hugo
-3
72
141
PEREZ, Victor
-3
73
141
MURRAY, Tom
-3
73
141
ROZNER, Antoine
-3
73
141
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
-3
72
141
PAPADATOS, Dimitrios
-3
71
141
41
KIM, Minkyu
-2
71
142
WILSON, Oliver
-2
69
142
ARMITAGE, Marcus
-2
67
142
YE, Jianfeng
-2
69
142
45
HUIZING, Daan
-1
70
143
BEKKER, Oliver
-1
72
143
BRANDT-RICHARDS, Dale
-1
73
143
LEE, Kevin
-1
71
143
OVESEN, Martin
-1
71
143
MEJOW, Philipp
-1
73
143
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-1
71
143
LAW, David
-1
70
143
LENGDEN, Oscar
-1
72
143
MUENLEK, Panuwat
-1
70
143
ORRIN, Max
-1
70
143
56
SINGH BRAR, Jack
Par
72
144
SJÖHOLM, Joel
Par
74
144
GIRRBACH, Joel
Par
71
144
EVANS, Ben
Par
72
144
VAN DRIEL, Darius
Par
72
144
ZHUANG, Zhu
Par
72
144
HENRY, Scott
Par
72
144
MACPHERSON, Bryden
Par
71
144
64
MA, Chengyao
1
74
145
KARLSSON, Anton
1
70
145
WU, Hongfu
1
74
145
SHE, Zihan
1
70
145
LI (AM), Linqiang
1
72
145
OUYANG, Zheng
1
71
145
VIRTO, Borja
1
72
145
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
1
75
145
HU, Diandian
1
73
145
MANLEY, Stuart
1
73
145
FENASSE, Mathieu
1
71
145
75
McGOWAN, Ross
2
75
146
SATO, Hidetomo
2
73
146
JIN, Daxing
2
73
146
YANG, Yinong
2
73
146
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
2
74
146
80
ZHANG, Changlei
3
74
147
BELT, Alex
3
70
147
JOHANNESSEN, Kristian Krogh
3
76
147
LEE, Jaewon
3
73
147
KNAPPE, Alexander
3
76
147
KIM, Euiin
3
76
147
86
FAN, Shiyu
4
73
148
ZHI, Shang
4
74
148
LIN, Wei
4
72
148
ZHANG, Huilin
4
76
148
90
PARK, Sunghyuk
5
76
149
LIMA, José-Filipe
5
73
149
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape
5
72
149
LIANG, Dingfeng
5
77
149
YAO, Xuefeng
5
76
149
CHAO, Haimeng
5
73
149
96
PERRY, Mathew
6
75
150
PERRIER, Damien
6
78
150
GAGLI, Lorenzo
6
77
150
XING, Yixin
6
75
150
LANGASQUE, Romain
6
72
150
PYO, Sukmin
6
71
150
102
INOUE, Koji
7
78
151
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
7
74
151
CHEN, Jian
7
75
151
105
FENG, Delun
9
76
153
YAO, Yu
9
77
153
MA(AM), Bingwen
9
78
153
108
HUANG, Mingjie
10
76
154
ZHU, Weiyu
10
77
154
110
JIANG, Wei
11
77
155
CHEN (AM), Guxin
11
78
155
SONG, Chao
11
80
155
XU, Qin
11
80
155
114
CHEN (AM), Haolong
12
79
156
KIM, Beomsoo
12
82
156
116
LIU (AM), Enhua
13
75
157
MI, Yiyuan
13
80
157
118
LIAO, Guiming
14
83
158
YIN, Yongxuan
14
80
158
120
LIANG, Zheng
16
86
160
TAO, Yuezu
16
83
160
122
YI, Bo
20
86
164
DISQ
CHEN, Dinggen
-
-
-
RETD
LI, Tao
5
-
-
DISQ
XING, Zhi
2
-
-