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Uihlein moves to front at Shenzhen
17 Apr 2015 12:12
American Peter Uihlein vowed to maintain his uncomplicated approach in pursuit of a second European Tour title after taking the halfway lead in the Shenzhen International on Friday.
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Uihlein added a second round of 68 to his opening 67 at Genzon Golf Club to finish nine under par, one shot ahead of Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat, while two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson struggled to a 74 to lie nine shots off the pace on level par.
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Michael Hoey was the only Irish player to make the cut after carding a second round 71 to move to one over for the tournament.
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Damien McGraine missed out on five over, Peter Lawrie finished six over and Kevin Phelan was a further shot behind.
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"It was tricky today. The wind was swirling quite a bit," Uihlein told europeantour.com after carding five birdies and just one bogey.
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"I got the back nine out of the way pretty quickly. I played very solid. I felt like getting anything under par on the back nine was nice, and I played a pretty stress free front nine which is always good.
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"I don't have much going on upstairs, just spacing out, doing my own thing and sticking to my own game plan.
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"I don't really change it very often. It worked the first couple days so I'll see how it goes from there."
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Aphibarnrat, whose sole European Tour title to date came in the Maybank Malaysian Open in 2013, had held the lead for much of the day after five birdies and two bogeys in his 69.
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The 25-year-old, who finished sixth in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill last month, said: "It was a great round. Again, the wind was getting up on a few holes before I finished, but the way I was striking the ball is still very good.
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"When I go out worldwide, I learn a lot of experience and I saw many top players play. Even this week, we have Bubba Watson around.
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"So it's been helping Asian players to keep improving when we see all the star players, how they are playing the shots, and I just adapt it to my golf game and it's improving."
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