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HONMA Hong Kong Open 2018

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Round 2

Rai dominates to lead at halfway stage in Hong Kong

November 23, 2018

Aaron Rai produced a course-record 61 at Hong Kong Golf Club to open up a commanding four-shot lead on day two of the HONMA Hong Kong Open presented by Amundi.

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The scoring conditions were perfect for the early starters on Friday morning and Rai took full advantage, notching six birdies in his first nine holes - including four in a row from the 12th - before finding three more on the back nine to break the course record by two strokes and move to 14 under par.

“We were lucky today with the conditions. We didn't have much wind and starting out pretty early the first nine holes, it feels like you're playing a round at home, which is nice. Kept it in play. Had a lot of chances and made a lot of putts. Everything was on song today."

“Wasn't really out of position all day to be honest. That may have been the only missed green. To be able to get up and down there and keep things going is always nice, and stayed bogey free today and also yesterday is a nice thing going into the weekend."

That impressive total left the three-time Challenge Tour winner four shots clear of closest challenger Hyowon Park following the South Korean's bogey-free 62.

“I'm very happy now," said Park. "I played well in my first European Tour tournament. Today, tough conditions here, so my long game is very nice, driver and second shot were good, and putting was nice. I will do same thing on the weekend, so I can go more up the leaderboard.”

Rai, who is still searching for his maiden European Tour win, started the day in a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard alongside Scrivener and Yusaku Miyazato on five under par after opening up with a bogey-free 65 on Thursday.

Matt Fitzpatrick was on his own in third place, two shots further back on eight under, after the Englishman made five birdies in his last eight holes on his way to a spotless 62 of his own.

“ It's been probably five or six weeks where it's just felt, it's kind of coming, but I've never really gotten a run, and today I just sort of got on a run and kept it going. Played really solid. Played really, really solid."

“I don't think I missed a fairway, so that's the massive key around here because you put it in the rough and it's a guaranteed flyer pretty much. Hit every fairway and then just made sure to get every green to give myself a chance at putting. I feel like I'm putting all right at the minute, so it came together."

Micah Lauren Shin was at seven under, with Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood, Spain's Alvaro Quiros, Brazilian Adilson da Silva and Australians Jake Higginbottom, Jason Scrivener and Scott Hend another shot behind.

Masters Tournament winner Patrick Reed produced six birdies in his final seven holes on Friday to get to level par and guarantee he makes the weekend.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Aaron Rai
ENG
-14
65
61
126
2
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
-10
68
62
130
3
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-8
70
62
132
4
Micah Shin
USA
-7
66
67
133
T5
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
-6
70
64
134
T5
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-6
68
66
134
T5
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
-6
69
65
134
T5
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-6
65
69
134
T5
Scott Hend
AUS
-6
68
66
134
T5
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-6
69
65
134
T11
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-5
68
67
135
T11
David Lipsky
USA
-5
69
66
135
T11
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-5
68
67
135
T14
Danthai Boonma
THA
-4
67
69
136
T14
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-4
66
70
136
T14
Kim Koivu
FIN
-4
69
67
136
T14
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-4
72
64
136
T14
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-4
68
68
136
T14
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-4
68
68
136
T14
Victor Perez
FRA
-4
71
65
136
T14
William Liu
CHN
-4
68
68
136
T22
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
-3
70
67
137
T22
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-3
69
68
137
T22
Casey O'Toole
USA
-3
69
68
137
T22
David Drysdale
SCO
-3
68
69
137
T22
Natipong Srithong
THA
-3
70
67
137
T22
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-3
70
67
137
T22
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-3
69
68
137
T22
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-3
70
67
137
T30
Arjun Atwal
IND
-2
66
72
138
T30
Ben Evans
ENG
-2
71
67
138
T30
Berry Henson
USA
-2
68
70
138
T30
Deyen Lawson
AUS
-2
70
68
138
T30
Grant Forrest
SCO
-2
70
68
138
T30
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-2
68
70
138
T30
Justin Harding
RSA
-2
69
69
138
T30
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-2
69
69
138
T30
Rattanon Wannasrichan
THA
-2
70
68
138
T30
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-2
71
67
138
T30
Sam Brazel
AUS
-2
68
70
138
T30
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-2
69
69
138
T30
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-2
67
71
138
T30
Yi-Keun Chang
KOR
-2
71
67
138
T44
Angelo Que
PHL
-1
71
68
139
T44
Gi-Whan Kim
KOR
-1
71
68
139
T44
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-1
69
70
139
T44
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-1
72
67
139
T44
John Catlin
USA
-1
70
69
139
T44
Khalin Joshi
IND
-1
68
71
139
T44
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-1
72
67
139
T44
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-1
72
67
139
T44
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-1
74
65
139
T44
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-1
68
71
139
T44
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-1
65
74
139
T55
Anton Karlsson
SWE
Par
69
71
140
T55
David Law
SCO
Par
71
69
140
T55
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
Par
71
69
140
T55
Jarin Todd
USA
Par
73
67
140
T55
Liam Johnston
SCO
Par
71
69
140
T55
Nino Bertasio
ITA
Par
73
67
140
T55
Patrick Reed
USA
Par
75
65
140
T55
Scott Fernandez
ESP
Par
69
71
140
T55
Shiv Kapur
IND
Par
73
67
140
T55
Zander Lombard
RSA
Par
72
68
140
T65
Carlos Pigem
ESP
1
73
68
141
T65
Danny Chia
MAL
1
72
69
141
T65
David Horsey
ENG
1
71
70
141
T65
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
1
71
70
141
T65
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
1
72
69
141
T65
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
1
73
68
141
T65
Matthew Cheung
HKG
1
71
70
141
T65
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
1
72
69
141
T65
Viraj Madappa
IND
1
73
68
141
CUT
Adria Arnaus
ESP
2
71
71
142
CUT
Arnod Vongvanij
THA
2
71
71
142
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
2
73
69
142
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
2
73
69
142
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
2
72
70
142
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
2
69
73
142
CUT
Jbe Kruger
RSA
2
75
67
142
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
2
72
70
142
CUT
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
2
72
70
142
CUT
Sean Crocker
USA
2
76
66
142
CUT
Wei-Chih Lu
TPE
2
71
71
142
CUT
Wen-Tang Lin
TPE
2
69
73
142
CUT
Bowen Xiao
CHN
3
75
68
143
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
3
69
74
143
CUT
Harry Ellis
ENG
3
74
69
143
CUT
Jeev Milkha Singh
IND
3
72
71
143
CUT
Kalle Samooja
FIN
3
74
69
143
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
3
72
71
143
CUT
Mohammad Siddikur Rahman
BAN
3
74
69
143
CUT
Paul Peterson
USA
3
73
70
143
CUT
Rashid Khan
IND
3
75
68
143
CUT
Richard Lee
CAN
3
71
72
143
CUT
Shintaro Kobayashi
JPN
3
75
68
143
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
3
70
73
143
CUT
Simon Yates
SCO
3
72
71
143
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
3
73
70
143
CUT
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
THA
3
73
70
143
CUT
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
3
73
70
143
CUT
Wenchong Liang
CHN
3
73
70
143
CUT
Andrew Johnston
ENG
4
69
75
144
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
4
72
72
144
CUT
Juvic Pagunsan
PHI
4
75
69
144
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
4
76
68
144
CUT
Miguel Tabuena
PHI
4
74
70
144
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
4
70
74
144
CUT
Chien Yao Hung
CHN
5
73
72
145
CUT
Chiragh Kumar
IND
5
71
74
145
CUT
Jazz Janewattananond
MAS
5
69
76
145
CUT
Keith Horne
RSA
5
74
71
145
CUT
Lionel Weber
FRA
5
77
68
145
CUT
Pannakorn Uthaipas
THA
5
76
69
145
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
5
77
68
145
CUT
Seenappa Chikkarangappa
IND
5
72
73
145
CUT
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
6
71
75
146
CUT
Johannes Veerman
USA
6
73
73
146
CUT
Alvin Cheung
CHN
7
75
72
147
CUT
Nicholas Fung
MAL
7
73
74
147
CUT
Steven Lam
HKG
7
72
75
147
CUT
Panuphol Pittayarat
THA
8
77
71
148
CUT
Tirawat Kaewsirbandit
THA
8
73
75
148
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
9
73
76
149
CUT
Pavit Tangkamolprasert
THA
12
75
77
152
CUT
Ben Wong
USA
13
79
74
153
CUT
Edmund Chapman
ENG
13
77
76
153
CUT
Malcolm Kokocinski
SWE
17
75
82
157
CUT
Jonathan Lai
CHN
20
82
78
160
DSQ
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
Par
71
71
142
RET
Chapchai Nirat
THA
Par
77
-
77
RET
Jyoti Randhawa
IND
Par
75
-
75
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R2
Total
1
Aaron Rai
ENG
-14
61
126
2
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
-10
62
130
3
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-8
62
132
4
Micah Shin
USA
-7
67
133
T5
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
-6
64
134
T5
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-6
66
134
T5
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
-6
65
134
T5
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-6
69
134
T5
Scott Hend
AUS
-6
66
134
T5
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-6
65
134
T11
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-5
67
135
T11
David Lipsky
USA
-5
66
135
T11
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-5
67
135
T14
Danthai Boonma
THA
-4
69
136
T14
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-4
70
136
T14
Kim Koivu
FIN
-4
67
136
T14
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-4
64
136
T14
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-4
68
136
T14
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-4
68
136
T14
Victor Perez
FRA
-4
65
136
T14
William Liu
CHN
-4
68
136
T22
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
-3
67
137
T22
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-3
68
137
T22
Casey O'Toole
USA
-3
68
137
T22
David Drysdale
SCO
-3
69
137
T22
Natipong Srithong
THA
-3
67
137
T22
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-3
67
137
T22
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-3
68
137
T22
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-3
67
137
T30
Arjun Atwal
IND
-2
72
138
T30
Ben Evans
ENG
-2
67
138
T30
Berry Henson
USA
-2
70
138
T30
Deyen Lawson
AUS
-2
68
138
T30
Grant Forrest
SCO
-2
68
138
T30
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-2
70
138
T30
Justin Harding
RSA
-2
69
138
T30
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-2
69
138
T30
Rattanon Wannasrichan
THA
-2
68
138
T30
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-2
67
138
T30
Sam Brazel
AUS
-2
70
138
T30
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-2
69
138
T30
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-2
71
138
T30
Yi-Keun Chang
KOR
-2
67
138
T44
Angelo Que
PHL
-1
68
139
T44
Gi-Whan Kim
KOR
-1
68
139
T44
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-1
70
139
T44
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-1
67
139
T44
John Catlin
USA
-1
69
139
T44
Khalin Joshi
IND
-1
71
139
T44
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-1
67
139
T44
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-1
67
139
T44
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-1
65
139
T44
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-1
71
139
T44
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-1
74
139
T55
Anton Karlsson
SWE
Par
71
140
T55
David Law
SCO
Par
69
140
T55
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
Par
69
140
T55
Jarin Todd
USA
Par
67
140
T55
Liam Johnston
SCO
Par
69
140
T55
Nino Bertasio
ITA
Par
67
140
T55
Patrick Reed
USA
Par
65
140
T55
Scott Fernandez
ESP
Par
71
140
T55
Shiv Kapur
IND
Par
67
140
T55
Zander Lombard
RSA
Par
68
140
T65
Carlos Pigem
ESP
1
68
141
T65
Danny Chia
MAL
1
69
141
T65
David Horsey
ENG
1
70
141
T65
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
1
70
141
T65
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
1
69
141
T65
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
1
68
141
T65
Matthew Cheung
HKG
1
70
141
T65
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
1
69
141
T65
Viraj Madappa
IND
1
68
141
CUT
Adria Arnaus
ESP
2
71
142
CUT
Arnod Vongvanij
THA
2
71
142
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
2
69
142
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
2
69
142
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
2
70
142
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
2
73
142
CUT
Jbe Kruger
RSA
2
67
142
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
2
70
142
CUT
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
2
70
142
CUT
Sean Crocker
USA
2
66
142
CUT
Wei-Chih Lu
TPE
2
71
142
CUT
Wen-Tang Lin
TPE
2
73
142
CUT
Bowen Xiao
CHN
3
68
143
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
3
74
143
CUT
Harry Ellis
ENG
3
69
143
CUT
Jeev Milkha Singh
IND
3
71
143
CUT
Kalle Samooja
FIN
3
69
143
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
3
71
143
CUT
Mohammad Siddikur Rahman
BAN
3
69
143
CUT
Paul Peterson
USA
3
70
143
CUT
Rashid Khan
IND
3
68
143
CUT
Richard Lee
CAN
3
72
143
CUT
Shintaro Kobayashi
JPN
3
68
143
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
3
73
143
CUT
Simon Yates
SCO
3
71
143
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
3
70
143
CUT
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
THA
3
70
143
CUT
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
3
70
143
CUT
Wenchong Liang
CHN
3
70
143
CUT
Andrew Johnston
ENG
4
75
144
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
4
72
144
CUT
Juvic Pagunsan
PHI
4
69
144
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
4
68
144
CUT
Miguel Tabuena
PHI
4
70
144
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
4
74
144
CUT
Chien Yao Hung
CHN
5
72
145
CUT
Chiragh Kumar
IND
5
74
145
CUT
Jazz Janewattananond
MAS
5
76
145
CUT
Keith Horne
RSA
5
71
145
CUT
Lionel Weber
FRA
5
68
145
CUT
Pannakorn Uthaipas
THA
5
69
145
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
5
68
145
CUT
Seenappa Chikkarangappa
IND
5
73
145
CUT
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
6
75
146
CUT
Johannes Veerman
USA
6
73
146
CUT
Alvin Cheung
CHN
7
72
147
CUT
Nicholas Fung
MAL
7
74
147
CUT
Steven Lam
HKG
7
75
147
CUT
Panuphol Pittayarat
THA
8
71
148
CUT
Tirawat Kaewsirbandit
THA
8
75
148
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
9
76
149
CUT
Pavit Tangkamolprasert
THA
12
77
152
CUT
Ben Wong
USA
13
74
153
CUT
Edmund Chapman
ENG
13
76
153
CUT
Malcolm Kokocinski
SWE
17
82
157
CUT
Jonathan Lai
CHN
20
78
160
DSQ
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
Par
71
142
RET
Chapchai Nirat
THA
Par
-
77
RET
Jyoti Randhawa
IND
Par
-
75