Date: May 18, 2007

Moir holding sway

Australian Richard Moir holds a one-shot lead midway through the second round of the Macau Open after play was suspended due to a severe storm warning on Friday. Starting the day at five-under, Moir struck five birdies and one bogey to move to nine-under after 14 holes when he was forced off the course. The 24-year-old Victorian is one of 33 players who will need to complete their second rounds on Saturday morning. In just his fifth start this season on the Asian Tour, Moir birdied four of his opening five holes to charge up the leaderboard. “Pity about the weather but I played very nicely today and yesterday,” he said. “Golf is like that, you never know when you&aposre going to play well. All you can do is to keep plugging away. I&aposm trying a few new things and I like the results so far. I&aposve just taken a whole different attitude on my golf. My main objective is to enjoy myself and it doesn&apost matter what happens out there.” China&aposs Lian-wei Zhang is the current clubhouse leader at eight-under, with American Anthony Kang also at eight-under but still with one hole to play. In-form Indian Gaurav Ghei is a further shot behind at seven-under after shooting a solid 70. Australian first-round leader Leigh McKechnie fired a disastrous three-over 74 to follow his day one 64 and has slipped back to four-under-par. Compatriots Jarrod Moseley (70) and Gary Simpson (-1 after 15) had better days and are tied at six-under with a group of players including Malaysian rookie S Sivachandran (68), New Zealander Stephen Scahill (66), Indian Gurbaaz Mann – who improved 10 shots from his first-round effort with a bogey-free 63 – Malaysia&aposs Iain Steel, Thailand&aposs Chinarat Phadungsil and American Bryan Saltus. Zhang, 42, has won this event in 2001 and 2002 and said he was confident of being able to repeat his success this time around. “I have come here to win my third Macau title. I&aposm comfortable with my new clubs. Every time I hit the ball, I don&apost have any hesitation. I have trust it them. I&aposve been waiting for a long time to win again. I want to grab the chance this time,” said Zhang, who finished in the top 10 in last month&aposs inaugural Pine Valley Beijing Open. Leading scores after the second round of the Macau Open: (par 71): -9: Richard Moir (Australia) 66 -4* -8: Lian-wei Zhang (China) 66 68, Anthony Kang (USA) 65 -2* -7: Gaurav Ghei (India) 65 70 -6: S Sivachandran (Malaysia) 68 68, Jarrod Moseley (Australia) 66 70, Stephen Scahill (New Zealand) 70 66, Gurbaaz Mann (India) 73 63, Iain Steel (Malaysia) 65 E, Chinarat Phadungsil (Thailand) 70 -5*, Gary Simpson (Australia) 66 -1*, Bryan Saltus (USA) 67 -2* -5: Tse-peng Chang (Chinese Taipei) 69 68, Gavin Flint (Australia) 69 68, Wen-chong Liang (China) 69 68, Tony Lascuna (Philippines) 68 69, Jason Knutzon (USA) 65 +1*, Scott Strange (Australia) 67 -1*, Rahil Gangjee (India) 67 -1*, Wen-teh Lu (Chinese Taipei) 65 +1* *still to complete second round