Wu takes route 66 to steer three clear of the field

Eng­land’s Thom­son cards 64 to lead chase of Chi­nese golfer as Har­ring­ton makes cut

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

Wu Ashun fired a sec­ond-round 66 at the KLM Open to open up a three-shot lead over Eng­land’s Jonathan Thom­son in the Nether­lands.

The Chi­nese golfer held a one-shot ad­van­tage after day one in Spijk and carded seven birdies and two bo­geys to get to 12 un­der, although Thom­son threat­ened to over­shadow him with a bril­liant birdie run.

The 22-year-old holed a 40-foot putt on the 10th and then made six birdies in a row to turn in 28 and raise hopes of a first round of 59 in Euro­pean Tour his­tory.

Thom­son – at six foot nine, the tallest player in Euro­pean Tour his­tory – found the haz­ard on the first and a bo­gey stalled his mo­men­tum, even­tu­ally com­ing home in level par 35 to sign for a 64.

After los­ing in a play­off in Den­mark re­cently, Thom­son is edg­ing closer to keep­ing his place on Tour for next sea­son, quite an achievement for a rookie who bat­tled leukemia for five years as a child.

“I am hit­ting some great form and play­ing well, my con­fi­dence is also get­ting higher and higher and that’s all that mat­ters to me at this part of the sea­son,” he told eu­ro­pean­tour.com.

In­valu­able

“Ex­pe­ri­ences like I had in Den­mark are in­valu­able and ev­ery sin­gle week you have to go out and just draw on them.”

Wu is a two-time win­ner on the Euro­pean Tour and made birdies on the first, sec­ond, sixth, 10th, 12th, 16th and 17th to go with bo­geys on the fifth and 15th. An­other Chi­nese player, Li Hao­tong, was at eight un­der along­side Scot David Drysdale, with Eng­land’s Chris Wood a fur­ther shot back.

Pádraig Har­ring­ton carded a one-un­der 70 in his sec­ond round to move to four un­der and a share of 21st po­si­tion.

Paul Dunne dropped five shots over his first three holes after start­ing dou­ble-bo­gey, dou­ble-bo­gey, bo­gey to go out in six-over 41.

Although he carded four birdies in five holes on his back nine, in­clud­ing three-in-a-row from the sec­ond, he ended one shot out­side the cut on level par after com­plet­ing a one-over round of 72.

Pádraig Har­ring­ton moved to four un­der and a share of 21st po­si­tion

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