Golf: Joshua Shou displays iron will during second round of Putra Cup

Singapore golfer Joshua Shou hitting a tee shot during the 56th Putra Cup tournament on Sept 6, 2016.
Singapore golfer Joshua Shou hitting a tee shot during the 56th Putra Cup tournament on Sept 6, 2016.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - Despite the wind and drizzle, Singapore's golfers have maintained their slim lead over Thailand in the team event after the second round of the Putra Cup.

And although defending champion Gregory Foo (one-under 69) is now tied for the lead on 136 in the individual standings after trailing Thailand's Kammalas Namuangruk at the end of the first round yesterday, it was Joshua Shou who turned heads at Tanah Merah Garden Course on Wednesday (Sept 7) afternoon.

Shou got off to a poor start, bogeying the par-three third and par-four fourth holes. The 26-year-old ended up with a quadruple bogey after losing the ball at the par-five fifth, and was six-over par after just five holes.

But he staged a comeback with five birdies in the last 12 holes to sign for a one-over 71.

He now stands in third place on 139 overall in the individual event.

"I just stuck to my game plan, kept my head down, tried to fight for every shot and thankfully it paid off," he told the Straits Times.

Things picked up when he made a birdie at the par-three eighth hole, which Shou identified as the turning point after a dismal start to the round.

He said: "I made a great island shot into a tough hole - the wind was in my face and it made the shot even tougher.

"But I hit an excellent shot to about six, seven feet (of the hole) and I holed it for birdie."

National coach Andrew Welsford said: "Joshua Shou played phenomenally to come back from six-over par after five holes, and to only shoot one-over par shows a lot of mental fortitude.

"I drove around and filled in all my players with the knowledge of how their other team-mates are playing, and when they all heard that he was on the way back and finished with that score that gave the whole team a morale boost. That effort and that fight and that character is a big thing not just for our team, but personally for Joshua."

The Putra Cup continues with its third round on Thursday (Sept 8) and concludes on Friday (Sept 9).

Singapore (415) top the leaderboard in the team event, one stroke ahead of Thailand (416), with Malaysia third on 427.