David Puig established a dominant position in the US$2 million International Series Singapore with an impressive second-round score of six-under-par 66. He now holds a commanding six-stroke lead at 14-under. Korean golfer Jaewoong Eom is in second place after shooting a 67. Australian Jack Thompson, this year’s Qualifying School winner, is one shot further back with a score of 68. Hong Kong’s Taichi Kho and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger are among a group of nine players tied for fourth place, another stroke behind.
Puig, a 21-year-old Spaniard, is aiming for his first Asian Tour victory since turning professional over a year ago and appears to have his best chance this week. He began the day with a three-shot lead following his superb 64 in the previous round and continued his birdie streak, effectively navigating the challenging Tampines Course at Tanah Merah Country Club. Puig started his second round with a bogey but quickly recovered with birdies on holes 11, 14, 15, and 17. He maintained his momentum throughout the round, tallying four more birdies, including one on the final hole, with only one dropped shot.
Expressing his satisfaction with his performance, Puig remarked on playing even better than the previous day. While facing some challenges towards the end of the round, he remained overall pleased with his play. Puig has previously held the lead on the Asian Tour, finishing third at the International Series Morocco event last year and tying for fourth at the St Andrews Championship in August. Reflecting on those experiences, he attributed his steady play and decision-making to the knowledge gained from past tournaments. Additionally, Puig has been competing full-time on the LIV Golf League as a member of Torque GC, the most successful team this season with four wins. His best individual finish came in Chicago in August, where he placed fourth.
Next week, he will participate in the LIV Golf Jeddah event. While Puig’s six-shot lead is impressive, it falls short of the Asian Tour’s record after two rounds, set by England’s Lee Westwood with an 11-stroke advantage at the 2011 Thailand Golf Championship. Eom, who had an impressive showing at the New Zealand Open earlier this year with a tie for second place, recorded five birdies without dropping a shot. Hong Kong’s Kho, fresh off his gold medal win at the Asian Games in China, climbed the leaderboard with six birdies but finished with a bogey on the last hole. Both players expressed their satisfaction with their performances, with Eom acknowledging the superb condition of the golf course and the challenge posed by the heat, while Kho mentioned a mixture of confidence and fatigue following his recent triumph. Andy Ogletree from the United States, who is leading both the Asian Tour and International Series Order of Merits, and last year’s International Series Order of Merits champion, Scott Vincent from Zimbabwe, are among the players one shot further behind.
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