Date: August 25, 2007

Park battles weather for share of lead

Australia s Unho Park is in a share of the clubhouse lead after bad weather stopped play during the second round of the Iskandar Johor Open on Friday. Park fired a 69 and Jason Knutzon of United States a 67 to take a two stroke lead at four under the card before play was stopped at the Royal Johor Country Club. Park said he was satisfied with his round but that being the frontrunner will be a new experience. My putting was good and I was striking the ball better than yesterday. If I looked back at my stats, I only hit eight greens in regulation on Thursday but today it was much better. I didn t hole that many putts though. Overall, it was a solid round for me. I haven t really led in an Asian Tour event down to the final round. I have not held on heading on the final stretch, so if it happens, it will be a new thing for me. I am used to chasing the leader, but not fending off the pack,”said Park. Park was superb in tough conditions on a day when sub-par scores were hard to come by, but the round of the day undoubtedly went to the American Knutzon. I am really happy. I haven t really played well since Indonesia. I was even struggling last week but it s amazing how I can refocus. I hit it really close to the pin and I am pleased because it is a challenging course,” said Knutzon, who carded five birdies. I was on target on the fairway but I actually like playing on firm greens. The rain earlier on had made it softer but I had fun out there. I had only one bogey today and played really solid, something I hope to maintain.” The next best Aussie was Jason King whose 75 takes him to three over after 36 holes and there are 69 players yet to complete their rounds. Results from the second round of the Iskandar Johor Open: – 4 Jason Knutzon 71 67, Unho Park (Australia) 69 69 -2 Taichiro Kiyota 69 71, Airil Rizman 71 69 -1 Clay Devers 72 69, Simon Yates 71 70 E Lin Wen tang 71 71, Lu Wen teh 70 72 +1 Lin Wen hong 72 71, Tony Lascuna 72 71, Martin Rominger 71 72 +2 Atthaphon Prathummanee 72 72, Gary Rusnak 75 69, Richard Lee 72 72, Hsu Mong nan 74 70, Guido Van Der Valk 73 71, S. Sivachandran 74 70 +3 Jason King (Australia) 70 75, Thaworn Wiratchant 71 74, Chinarat Phadungsil 75 70, Gaganjeet Bhullar 74 71, Olle Nordberg 72 73 Also: +4 Anthony Brown (Australia) 74 72 +5 Rowan Beste (Australia) 74 73 +8 Ashley Hall (Australia) 76 74 +10 Mitchell Brown (Australia) 74 78