Golf: Unheralded Han Seung Su leads S'pore Open by two at halfway stage

Adam Scott fired a four-under 67 to go with his opening round of 68 and is on seven-under 135 at the halfway stage of the tournament.
Adam Scott fired a four-under 67 to go with his opening round of 68 and is on seven-under 135 at the halfway stage of the tournament. PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Unheralded American golfer Han Seung Su stole the headlines on Friday (Jan 20) at the SMBC Singapore Open after he seized the lead at the halfway mark of the US$1 million (S$1.4 million) tournament.

Ranked 506th in the world, the 30-year-old shot a four-under 67 and is on nine-under 133 at the Sentosa Golf Club and leads by two strokes.

In second place is world No. 7 Adam Scott, who is seeking his fourth Singapore Open title. He shot a matching 67 to go with his opening round of 68.

The Australian is on seven-under 135, the same total as Malaysian Gavin Green who only managed to complete 15 holes before play at the Serapong course was suspended due to fading light. A further stroke back was Singaporean Quincy Quek (68, 68) and Angelo Que (67, 69 for 136) of the Philippines.

The second round will continue on Saturday morning with 24 players due to complete their round.

Scott said: "The scores are pretty good. I putted really well which is nice. I hope to hit the ball a little bit better on the weekend and make a few putts, keep going in the right direction and have another run at the title.

"I got off to a great start when I won here the first two times. It's just one of those courses that I feel very comfortable on. I feel very comfortable with the place as well. I always feel like I am coming back to my second home in Sentosa.

"I think I got myself into a very nice posture to get over the ball. That's why I was able to hole putts out there. It's something that you are always searching for. It's nice to make a nice free stroke without thinking too much.

"I hope to keep doing it for the next two rounds too. You got to take advantage of that good feeling when it happens. I just managed to do that."

The cut is projected to be one-over 143 and those likely to miss out include four-time Major champion Ernie Els, world No. 34 Yuta Ikeda (both shot 144) of Japan and Singapore No. 1 Mardan Mamat (149).

Els said: "I struggled a bit physically I have stiff neck. It is tough to swing that way.

"I try to grind through it really; try to get going for the weekend but it's not to be. But I cannot complain about anything. The hospitality and the golf course has been absolutely wonderful."