KIWI PRO WATCH: SMAIL CLIMBS TO 11TH IN JAPAN

28/07/2012

New Zealand No.2 David Smail is on track for his best result of 2012 after a four under par 68 in round three of the Sun Chlorella Classic on the Japan Golf Tour.

 

The former New Zealand Open Champion, who opened with rounds of 71 and 70 for a three under par total and share of 16thplace, climbed five places on moving day to a share of 11th.

With round three still to be completed Smail is currently seven shots back from Japan’s Yoshinobu Tsukada who is on a 14 under total through 14 holes on Saturday.

The Kiwi, 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.

Across the Pacific, New Zealand No.1 Danny Lee has had a poor finish to round two of the Canadian Open to miss the cut by one stroke.

The Korean-born-Kiwi, who opened with an even par 70 at the Hamilton Golf & Country Club, was two under through 15 holes and safely inside the cut line by one shot.

But he dropped two shots with bogeys on the 16th and 18thholes to finish on even par and miss the cut by one shot in a disappointing finish.

Lee is projected to be 152nd on the Fed Ex Cup Standings and will need some results in the coming weeks to qualify for week one of the Playoffs at the Barclays.

Meantime on the web.com Tour, formerly Nationwide Tour, Steve Alker has turned his fortunes around at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational in Ohio before play was suspended again due to inclement weather.

The Hamilton professional, who finished tied 19that the Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes last week and opened with a three over par 74 to be in a share of 129th place, is four under through 14 holes in round two.

Alker is in a share of 46thplace and inside the cut line with four holes to play in his second round.

Tim Wilkinson was not so fortunate.

The left-handed professional from Manawatu, who is currently the leading Kiwi in 46thplace on the web.com Order of Merit, carded an even par 71 to finish at one over and in a share of 86th place at The OSU Golf Club.

Over in Europe Mark Brown has missed the cut for the third successive week on the Challenge Tour at the English Challenge.

The former European Tour pro, who opened with a six over par 78 to be in a share of 133rd place, carded an even par 72 in round two to finish on a six over total.

Brown made four birdies, a bogey and a double bogey for his even par round to finish tied 119th.

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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