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Golf: Renolds maintains lead in Philippine Open




Canada’s Lindsay Renolds kept his lead and stayed on track to win his first Asian Tour title, shooting a second round four-under-par 68 at the Philippine Open on Saturday.

The Phuket-based Canadian was followed closely by Scott Barr of Australia, who shot a 66 at the Luisita Golf and Country Club.

“It is exciting to be in this position. My game feels good and I feel good. I’m not really worried or nervous,” said 29-year-old Renolds, who needs to win the tournament to keep his Asian Tour card next year.

“Obviously there’s a lot on the line tomorrow but if I play good golf then things will work out the way it should,” he said.

The Philippine Open, which was slashed to 54 holes due to a one-day delay from Typhoon Melor, will end on Sunday.

Second-placed Barr needs to improve his 64th place Order of Merit ranking by a notch to keep his Asian Tour card next year.

“I’m pleased. Obviously this is a huge week,” said Barr, who said he got a “great” putting lesson with old Asian Tour member Ahmad Bateman.

“Obviously when the putter starts rolling, the fairways get wider and everything gets easier,” he said.

Home favourite Miguel Tabuena shared third place with five-time Asian Tour winner Gaganjeet Bhullar of India, Kalle Samooja of Finland and Giwhan Kim of Korea.

Leading scores:

134 – Lindsay Renolds (CAN) 66-68

135 – Scott Barr (AUS) 69-66

136 – Kalle Samooja (FIN) 69-67, Miguel Tabuena (PHI) 67-69, Giwhan Kim (KOR) 68-68, Gaganjeet Bhullar (IND) 67-69

137 – Keith Horne (RSA) 69-68, Khalin Joshi (IND) 70-67, Chinnarat Phadungsil (THA) 67-70, Niall Turner (IRL) 69-68, Jeunghun Wang (KOR) 67-70

138 – Simon Griffiths (ENG) 70-68, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit (THA) 68-70

139 – Mardan Mamat (SIN) 68-71, Charlie Wi (KOR) 70-69, Charles Hong (PHI) 71-68, Janne Kaske (FIN) 71-68, Adam Groom (AUS) 70-69, Juvic Pagunsan (PHI) 68-71, Brett Munson (USA) 70-69, Orlan Sumcad (PHI) 72-67, Goh Kun Yang (SIN) 70-69

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