Date: October 05, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Kulac in the hunt

Chinnarat Phadungsil and K.J. Choi lead the way at the CJ Invitational in Korea as Australians Rick Kulacz and Scott Hend found themselves in the top 10 when play was abandoned in the second round due to rain. Kulacz started the day at the Yeoju course in second position, just a stroke behind first-round leader Ryan Yip of Canada. But both players couldn&apost maintain their quality first-round form as Yip posted an even-par 71 to drop into a tie for third on seven under overall, while Kulacz is a further stroke back. Kulacz, though, will have the chance to climb up the leaderboard as he was even par through 14 holes when play was abandoned on Friday. As the early leaders faltered, rising star Chinnarat blitzed the second round with a seven-under 64 to take the clubhouse lead at 10 under overall. Chinnarat was joined on 10 under by Choi, although the Korean veteran will have the chance to take the outright lead halfway through as he is eight under through 14 holes in his round. The pair are three strokes ahead of Lee Sung (68) and Yip, while Kulacz and American Ben Curtis, who is four under through 14, are just a stroke further back at six under. Kulacz&aposs compatriot Hend has also climbed into a tie for eighth on the leaderboard at five under overall, the Australian at three-under in the second round through 12 holes. Darren Beck is a further two strokes back after posting a two-under 69, while Scott Barr is at two under for the tournament after being two under through 16 holes on Friday. A five-over 76, however, has seen Adam Blyth slump to one over for the tournament alongside Marcus Both (72) as Adam Groom finds himself just above the provisional cut at three over.