• Singapore Open, Round Two

Oosthuizen back in the hunt in Singapore

ESPN staff
November 11, 2011
Louis Oosthuizen shot back into contention © Getty Images


Former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen clawed his way back into contention on the second day of the Barclays Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club.

Playing on the easier Tanjong course after managing a one-over par round of 72 on the more testing Serapong layout on Thursday, the South African recorded eight birdies and no bogeys on the way to an eight-under round of 63 that puts him well positioned at seven-under for the tournament.

That is five shots behind the halfway clubhouse leader James Morrison, who came home in just 31 shots on the Serapong to follow up an opening 62 with a 68 - good enough for a 12-under total and a two-shot lead over Juvic Pagunsan.

"This golf course is definitely harder and it can be tough coming from an easier course onto a tougher layout," Morrison said. "There are some very demanding tee shots out there and it is just a proper golf course.

"I didn't play as well today as I did yesterday but I managed to get it round and I am pretty happy with that, especially with a four-under back nine to finish strongly."

Two high-profile names sit at nine-under, with Anders Hansen and Michael Hoey both hoping to add a final flourish to successful individual seasons. The Dane, sixth in the current Race to Dubai standings, eased back into contention thanks to a round of 64, while Hoey - winner of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship - carded a 66 to keep him with touching distance of Morrison.

Englishman Justin Rose is eight-under, while Anthony Kim carded a round of 66 to move up the field at five-under for the tournament, on a day that was delayed for nearly three hours after storms.

Elsewhere, Graeme McDowell sits three-under after an underwhelming second round 71, as does Thomas Bjorn after his 70. Francesco Molinari, Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez will both be looking to go low on Saturday, as they sit four-under with 36 of the 72 holes completed.

A number of players still need to complete their second round, as darkness caused the suspension of play late in the evening. Edoardo Molinari has eight holes to pick up another shot to draw level with Morrison atop the leaderboard, while Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano has an extra hole to play but is another shot further behind.

Phil Mickelson, the highest ranked player in the field, has six holes to ensure he will make the cut as he currently sits on the bubble at two-under, while Tom Lewis will also need to pick up a couple of birdies on his back nine to ensure he is in the mix for the weekend.

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