HANOI: Taiwan´s Lin Weng-tang battled his way to an overnight lead with 10-under against high winds that marred the second round of the $1.5 million Ho Tram Open in Vietnam on Friday.
He took a four-under 67 back to the clubhouse after scoring a first round 65, despite powerful winds that forced play to be suspended for two hours and left much of the field unable to finish as darkness descended.
“I played for five holes and there was no wind. For that early few holes the course was easy but the wind started to pick up,” the overnight leader said according to an Asian Tour statement.
“It was crazy windy but I birdied six and eight to finish my round so that was good.”
America´s David Lipsky sat just behind with eight-under for the tournament.
But he only completed 11 holes, two-under for the day, on top of a 65 scored in the first round.
Sergio Garcia, the top ranked player in the field, only got through 12 holes before daylight faded, but held steady against the blustery conditions with a two-under for the day.
That put him seven-under overall and well in contention going into the weekend at Vietnam´s richest sports event.
Himmat Rai of India was one of the few other finishers at the head of the leaderboard, finishing the day with a 69.
Paul Peterson sat a shot back on six-under with 136 for the two rounds so far.