Date: December 05, 2008

Barr within five shots

Australian golfer Scott Barr is well in contention at the midway point of the Vietnam Open. Barr added an even par 72 to his opening round of 66 to finish the second round in a tie for eighth place and just five shots from the lead at six-under. Korea&aposs Pyo Suk-min holds a slender one shot lead at the top of the leaderboard after a blistering 67, with first-round leader Kodai Ichihara just one shot adrift at 10-under. Chinese Taipei veteran Wang Ter-chang and Thongchai Jaidee are tied for third place at eight-under, while Thaworn Wiratchant, Young Nam and Rhys Davies are a further shot behind at minus seven. Of the other Australians to make the halfway cut, Gary Simpson and Jason King are tied for 19th place at five-under, Unho Park, Andrew Dodt and Neven Basic finished the day at three-under, while David Gleeson was another shot behind at minus two. Fellow Australians David Bransdon (one-under), Gavin Flint (level par) and Harry Epstein (two-over) did enough to sneak through to the action on the weekend. Second round scores from the Vietnam Open: (par 72) -11: Pyo Suk-min -10: Kodai Ichihara -8: Wang Ter-change, Thongchai Jaidee -7: Thaworn Wiratchant, Young Nam, Rhys Davies -6: Scott Barr (Australia), Park Hyo-won -5: Gary Simpson (Australia), Sattaya Supupramai, Somkiat Srisanga, Jason King (Australia), Pijit Petchkasem -4: Taichiro Kiyota, Kim Sang-ki