Australia’s James Marchesani (69-70) and Singapore’s Quincy Quek (66-73) shared the clubhouse lead at 5-under at the Haikou Championship on Friday when officials suspended play at 6:05 p.m., due to lightning in the area. The second round will resume at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, and the third round is scheduled to start at approximately 9:30 a.m.
America’s Corey Shaun and Japan’s Keisuke Otawa are among 28 players yet to finish their second rounds and are currently tied for third at 4-under with England’s Stephen Lewton (71-69), China’s Zihao Chen (69-71) and Japan’s Masamichi Uehira (69-71).
Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul, who started the day in solo second, was leading at 8-under through 11 holes before a wobbly finish at Sunac Haikou 3KM Golf Club dropped him into a tie for sixth, at 3-under.
Marchesani played a full season on the PGA TOUR Series-China in 2018 after he earned full membership by winning the unofficial Clearwater Bay Open in 2017, which also happened to be his first pro victory. He went on to finish 36th on the Order of Merit a year ago.
Despite opening with a double bogey, Marchesani was able to bounce back and card seven birdies and three bogeys to finish the day with a well-deserved 2-under.
“I didn’t have a great start, but I hung tough and putted really well. I gave myself a lot of chances inside 10 feet and was able to come in with a 2-under, so I’m happy about that,” said Marchesani, who is hoping to play the first hole a little better on the weekend. “Hole 1 has really gotten me this week. I lost a ball today, and I had a three-putt double (bogey) yesterday, so I’m planning on not making any more doubles on that hole over the weekend.”