Liang Wenchong produced another flawless round of golf on Friday to maintain his lead at the halfway mark of the 1 million U.S. dollars Luxehills Chengdu Open - the opening event of the season on OneAsia.
The Chinese No. 1 fired a six-under-par 66 at Luxehills International Country Club for a three stroke lead over Australian Kurt Barnes and Kim Bio.
Barnes matched Liang's opening round course record with a 64 while Kim, another of South Korea's impressive young golfers, shot a 66.
Liang leads the tournament on 14-under-par 130 after his second bogey free round.
"My coach Kel Llewellyn and I have been working on the basics of the golf swing. He is here this week and we have been keeping things simple and it has obviously been working well. I am playing some of my best golf," said Liang.
He is bidding to win for the second time on OneAsia as he also claimed the Midea China Classic last year in Guangzhou.
"The crowds here have been fantastic and it is great to see so many young people watching. I am from Zhongshan and so it is encouraging to see the game becoming so popular in this part of the country as well," added Laing.
He played both nines in three under and is in cruise control entering the weekend.
Since maturing as a golfer over the past few years he has made a habit of winning each season. He claimed the Singapore Masters in 2007, the year he finished as Asia' s number one. The following season he lifted the Hero Honda Indian Open trophy before a memorable victory on OneAsia in 2009.
Barnes was joint fifth in this event last year when it was part of the China Tour. He also won at the 2009 Sofitel Zhongshan Open on that circuit.
An eagle on the par five seventh (his 16th hole) saw him draw closer to Liang. He hit a four iron from 220 yards to three feet and holed out for the three.
"I am in a great position for the weekend. I just want to go out and play my own game and if I happen to be in the last group I know Liang Wenchong is going to have a lot of supporters out there. I have just to stick to my guns and stick to my game plan - it has worked the last two days - and do my best at the weekend," said the highly regarded Barnes.
Kim is just 19 years old and turned professional last year after a stellar amateur career highlighted by victory in the Japan and Korean Amateur Championships in 2008.
"I had a bit of luck today but my putting was really good and has put me in a nice position," said Kim, who also carded a bogey free round.
He has been playing on the Japan Golf Tour Organization and is expected to follow in the footsteps of his other talented young compatriots Bae Sang-moon and Noh Seung-yul.
Australians Terry Pilkadaris and Scott Arnold are four behind Liang after they both shot 67.
The halfway cut was made at three-under-par 141.
Source: China Daily