Weekend World Golf Watch23 May 2015
There's plenty of interest ahead in the performance of our players on world circuits this weekend.
First up, Danny Lee is poised for another great result in the Colonial at Fort Worth, lying T5 after rounds of 66 & 69, to be -5 for the tournament. Danny actually got it to -7 at one point, and if he can eliminate the bogeys and keep the birdies flowing, he has to be some sort of a chance for the title.
Also on -5 to lie 3rd after two rounds at the SK Telecom OneAsia tournament is Ryan Fox. An early double threatened to derail his round, but an eagle two on the 330 metre 15th hole soon had him back in contention. Also making the cut here are Gareth Paddison (T15 at -1) and Mark Brown (T42 at +2), with Jae An, Harry Bateman, David Klein and Nick Gillespie missing out.
The three NZ'ers playing this week's PGA tour of China event in Wuhan have all made the cut and are tightly clustered, with Mathew Perry and Josh Geary both T8 at -1, and Daniel Pearce close behind on even par.
Perhaps the most intriguing event of all is the US Senior PGA Championship at the "scary hard" Pete Dye designed French Lick course in Indiana. Peter Fowler bounced back from an opening 77 to record a five under 67 in the 2nd round and lie T6 on even par, four shots behind leader Tom Lehman on -4.
Grant Waite has also made the cut in this event and is T41 at +6 in a star studded field. He could well have his best result of the year on the Champions Tour.
Hendry on the hunt in Japan17 May 2015
Michael Hendry is poised for another decent payday on the Japan Tour, currently lying T4 on -10 after rounds of 69,67 & 67 in the Japan PGA Championship. He may struggle however to get near the runaway leader, Australian Adam Bland who is currently at -17, and holding a six shot lead over the nearest chasers.
Rory McIlroy is also leaving the Wells Fargo field in his wake after a course record 61 at Quail Hollow, with New Zealanders Danny Lee (T14 at -7) and Steven Alker (T39 at -3) both having made the cut in a very strong field. Alker in particular will be looking for a good finish, having made only three cuts all season prior to this tournament.
On the PGA Tour of China, Ben Campbell is tied 8th at +2 in a crowded field, four shots behind the leader. Strong winds played havoc with scoring in the first two rounds. Fellow New Zealanders Josh Geary and Mathew Perry also made the cut, but are well back in the bunch.