KIWI PRO WATCH: SMAIL IN TOUCH IN JAPAN

27/07/2012

 

New Zealand No.2 David Smail is in a share of 16th place at the Sun Chlorella Classic on the Japan Golf Tour after carding rounds of 71 and 70 for a three under par total.

 

 

 

 

With round two still to be completed, Smail is six shots back from Australian leader Brendan Jones who has shot rounds of 69 and 66 to lead Japan’s Naoto Nakanishi to lead by two shots.

Smail, who is currently 83rdon the Japan Golf Tour money list, with a best result of a tie for 39that Shishido Hills, needs some good results to keep his card for 2013.

He opened with a bogey but rallied with birdies on holes five, 11 and 13 as he got into contention on the Japan Golf Tour for the first time in 2012.

Across the Pacific, New Zealand No.1 Danny Lee has made a slow start to the Canadian Open as he signed for an even par 70 in round one to claim a share of 66th place.

The Korean-born-Kiwi, who is 156th on the Fed Ex Cup Standings, will begin round two eight shots back from American Scott Piercy who fired a 62 in round one to lead by one shot.

Lee began on the 10th tee at the Hamilton Golf & Country Club and after bogeying the 11thhe then made birdies on 16 and 17 to make the turn in one under par 34.

The former US Amateur Champion got to three under through 15 holes but made three consecutive bogeys to drop back to even par and on the cusp of the cut-line.

Lee needs a strong run of form to secure his place in The Barclays - the first Fed Ex Cup Playoff event in late August where the top 125 players progress.

Meantime on the web.com Tour, formerly Nationwide Tour, Tim Wilkinson was one over through 11 holes at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational in Ohio before play was suspended due to inclement weather.

The left-handed professional from Manawatu, who is currently the leading Kiwi in 46thplace on the web.com Order of Merit, is in a share of 76th place at The OSU Golf Club.

Wilkinson is nine shots back from American Trevor Murphy who opened with an eight under par 63 to lead by three shots with most of the field unable to complete their first round.

Hamilton professional Steve Alker, who finished tied 19that the Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes last week, carded a three over par 74 to be in a share of 129th place.

The 40-year-old Kiwi, who is currently 67th on the Order of Merit, needs to climb over 40 places if he is going to get inside the top 25 and automatically qualify for the PGA Tour in 2013.

Over in Europe on the Challenge Tour Mark Brown has begun poorly at the English Challenge.

The former European Tour pro opened with a six over par 78 to be in a share of 133rd place.

Brown, who finished joint runner-up at The Hills in the New Zealand PGA Championship at the start of the year, made two double bogeys, six bogeys and four birdies in his up and down round to be off the pace.

The Wellington pro, who is back working with his old coach Mal Tongue, is yet to make a cut on The Challenge Tour after finishing 80th and 93rdin his last two events. 

      


 

 

 

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