Singapore's Lam leads Asian Amateur

Singapore's Zhiqun Lam leads the Asian Amateur Championship at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Japan after a superb second round of 66.

Zhiqun Lam

Singapore's Zhiqun Lam leads the Asian Amateur Championship at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Japan after a superb second round of 66.

Lam made five birdies and no bogeys in returning two halves of 33. He birdied the tricky closing hole to move a shot clear of round one leader Yosuke Asaji from Japan. The home player was pleased with his day's work but feels there's more to come as the tournament moves into the weekend.

"Six under is a very satisfactory score and I got close to the pins on enough occasions to make a few birdies today, so that's good. Tomorrow, I'm going to be aggressive and improve my score."

Another Japanese player Hideki Matsuyama shares third place with South Korea's Kyung-hoon Lee. The secret to Lee's success was his prowess on the greens. "Today I putted really well," said Lee. "I was picking the lines well and my judgement of pace was good."

Two Australians, Tarquin MacManus and Kieran Pratt lie a further stroke back on four-under-par. MacManus fired a second round of 67 that included three birdies, an eagle and just one bogey. "It was a slow start and I left a couple out there," he said. "But it was pretty good and just go out there tomorrow and see what happens.

Leaderboard

1   Zhiqun Lam (Sin)         135      (-7) 2   Yosuke Asaji (Jap)      136      (-6) T3   Hideki Matsuyama (Jap)   137      (-5)    T3   Kyung-hoon Lee (Kor)      137      (-5) T5   Tarquin MacManus (Aus)   138      (-4) T5   Kieran Pratt (Aus)      138      (-4) 7   Il-Hwan Park (Kor)      139      (-3) T8   Ben Campbell (NZ)      140      (-2) T8   Jake Higginbottom (Aus)   140      (-2)

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