Indonesian Masters: Lin Wen-tang fires 64 to take the second round clubhouse lead
Last Updated: 26/04/14 7:22am
Lin Wen-tang: Holds a one-shot lead at the halfway stage in Jakarta
Chinese Taipei's Lin Wen-tang fired a sparkling eight-under-par 64 to take the second round lead at the weather-disrupted CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters on Friday.
Lin, a six-time Asian Tour winner, will be the man to catch when play resumes on Saturday morning as he carded nine birdies against just a solitary bogey to post a 10-under-par total at the halfway stage.
Heavy rain brought a premature halt to the day's play and 19 players will now have to return to Royale Jakarta Golf Club to complete their rounds tomorrow.
Australian rookie Cameron Smith continued to impress in what is only his second start on the Asian Tour as he returned a birdie-laden 67 to trail Lin by one.
Joint-overnight leader Nicholas Fung of Malaysia battled to a 69 to share third place with Thailand's Chapchai Nirat who fired a second successive 68.
Lin, who was forced to withdraw from an event in Malaysia last week because of heat and fatigue, admitted the cooler conditions on Friday had played into his hands.
"I wasn't feeling very well coming to this week. I had to withdraw from the tournament in Malaysia last week because the weather was just too hot! I spent two days resting in the hotel. I have never slept so much before it was quite scary. I guess my body really needed some rest," he said.
"I don't really like playing in the hot weather. I've to walk with an umbrella and use ice to cool my face all the time. But I guess I had an advantage today because the weather was cooler when I started in the morning. I putted better than yesterday too."
Defending champion Bernd Wiesberger endured an up-and-down round of 71, but finished in style to maintain his hopes of winning the title for a second successive year.
Starting at the tenth hole, the Austrian made a poor start as he went bogey-double bogey at 14 and 15, but he closed with a birdie at eight and an eagle at nine to end the day only five adrift of the leader.
Major winner Louis Oosthuizen is one further back after a solid 68, while France's Victor Dubuisson got himself to one-under for the tournament after following his opening 74 with a 69.