Date: June 25, 2016
Author: PGA Tour China

Nisbet up close in China

Australia's Daniel Nisbet is in contention in the PGA Tour China's Nanjing Zhongshan Open in Nanjing.

The former Australian boys' champion is tied second through two rounds after 70-67,  a shot from the lead held by South Korea's Junghwan Lee.

After making five starts in China in 2014, Nisbet, 25, elected to play his entire 2015 season in his native Australia. He returned to PGA TOUR China this year and has played in all five tournaments, making three of four cuts and is now in prime position to contend on the weekend.

 Nisbet made five birdies and an eagle to go with two bogeys Friday. “It was a nice day. It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve played well in the rain,” said Nisbet. “[The rain] stopped a couple of times, but then it was also very heavy.”

 When the “heavy” stuff really arrived, however, Nisbet was safely in his hotel room drying off. The two highlights from Nisbet’s round were his five-metre putt on the seventh after a four-iron approach and a birdie at No. 15 that was almost an eagle—his approach shot from 60 metres hit the pin on the fly before settling less than a metre from the hole for a tap-in birdie.

Meanwhile in the United States, another Queenslander, John Senden, is the best-placed Australian through two rounds of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional. Senden is tied-11th, six from the lead.