PGA TOUR Series-China / Zhuang Liu

“I think today could have gone both ways really. I wasn’t as comfortable on some of the putts as I was [Thursday], and sometimes when you miss early on in the round, the hole starts to feel a little smaller.” – Quincy Quek

Australia’s James Marchesani (69-70) and Singapore’s Quincy Quek (66-73) shared the clubhouse lead at 5-under at the Haikou Championship on Friday when officials suspended play at 6:05 p.m., due to lightning in the area. The second round will resume at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, and the third round is scheduled to start at approximately 9:30 a.m.

America’s Corey Shaun and Japan’s Keisuke Otawa are among 28 players yet to finish their second rounds and are currently tied for third at 4-under with England’s Stephen Lewton (71-69), China’s Zihao Chen (69-71) and Japan’s Masamichi Uehira (69-71).

Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul, who started the day in solo second, was leading at 8-under through 11 holes before a wobbly finish at Sunac Haikou 3KM Golf Club dropped him into a tie for sixth, at 3-under.

Did you know

James Marchesani played in 10 events on the 2018 PGA TOUR Series-China season? He made eight cuts and recorded two top-10s.

 

Tournament Fast Fact

This is the second PGA TOUR Series-China event to take place at Sunac Haikou 3KM Golf Club. In 2018, South Korea’s Todd Baek, at 10-under, won the event, which was reduced to 54 holes due to weather.

PGA TOUR Series-China / Zhuang Liu

“I didn’t have a great start, but I hung tough and putted really well. I gave myself a lot of chances inside 10 feet and was able to come in with a 2-under, so I’m happy about that.” – James Marchesani

Marchesani played a full season on the PGA TOUR Series-China in 2018 after he earned full membership by winning the unofficial Clearwater Bay Open in 2017, which also happened to be his first pro victory. He went on to finish 36th on the Order of Merit a year ago.

Despite opening with a double bogey, Marchesani was able to bounce back and card seven birdies and three bogeys to finish the day with a well-deserved 2-under.

“I didn’t have a great start, but I hung tough and putted really well. I gave myself a lot of chances inside 10 feet and was able to come in with a 2-under, so I’m happy about that,” said Marchesani, who is hoping to play the first hole a little better on the weekend. “Hole 1 has really gotten me this week. I lost a ball today, and I had a three-putt double (bogey) yesterday, so I’m planning on not making any more doubles on that hole over the weekend.”

Key Information

  • The course this week is a par-72 totaling 7,095 yards.
  • Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul moved to 8-under when he birdied No. 2, his 11th hole of the second round. From then on, though, Charoenkul had three bogeys and a double bogey to drop five strokes over the final seven holes. He finished at 3-under.
  • Masamichi Uehira and Keisuke Otawa are both players from Japan who enter the weekend of a PGA TOUR Series-China tournament in contention. Following in the footsteps of Taihei Sato (won the Chongqing Championship) and Yuwa Kosaihira (tied for fifth at the Sanya Championship), Uehira is through 36 holes at 4-under. Among the players who finished, he’s tied for third. Otawa played 13 holes of his second round, and he’s at 4-under, with five holes still to play.
  • Singapore’s Quincy Quek has played in 32 previous PGA TOUR Series-China events. He played 10 tournaments each in 2014, 2015 and 2018 along with the first two tournaments this season. Quek did not play this Tour at all in 2016.
  • Quincy Quek has recorded six top-10s during his 23 made cuts on PGA TOUR Series-China. His best finish came in 2014, when he finished third at the Lanhai Open.
  • Last week’s Sanya Championship winner Trevor Sluman opened 73-69 and is at 2-under entering the weekend, tied for 14th with the players who have completed 36 holes.
  • Taihei Sato, winner of the Chongqing Championship, is not playing this week.
  • The low round of the day belonged to American Jared Howard. He shot a 6-under 66 after opening with a 3-over 75. Howard is in the clubhouse tied for eighth.
  • Zihao Chen missed the cut in the season’s opening two events but is now T3 heading into the weekend.
  • Corey Shaun is currently 4-under and bogey-free through 15 holes. No player yet has managed to complete a bogey-free round in the opening two days.

 PGA TOUR Series-China / Zhuang Liu

Second Round

Haikou Championship

Pos.

Name

Scores

T1

Quincy Quek (Singapore)*

66-73—139 (-5)

T1

James Marchesani (Australia)

69-70—139 (-5)

T3

Masamichi Uehira (Japan)

69-71—140 (-4)

T3

Stephen Lewton (England)*

71-69—140 (-4)

T3

Zihao Chen (China)*

69-71—140 (-4)

T6

Velten Meyer (Germany)

72-69—141 (-3)

T6

Zheng Ouyang (China)

73-68—141 (-3)

T6

Charlie Netzel (U.S.)

70-71—141 (-3)

T6

Gunn Charoenkul (Thailand)*

67-74—141 (-3)

T6

Jared Howard (U.S.)

75-66—141 (-3)

 

Corey Shaun (U.S.)

4-under through 15 holes

 

Keisuke Otawa (Japan)*

4-under through 13 holes

 

Brad Gehl (U.S.)

3-under through 14 holes

 

* Began on No. 10