Loar still on track at US Q-school
Loar continued his consistent run when he fired his second straight
one-under-par 71 in the US PGA Tour Qualifying School Finals in
California on Thursday.
The 29-year-old American, who won two Asian Tour titles, shot two
birdies against a lone bogey for a two-day total of two-under-par
142 in joint 15th place. Compatriot Rich Barcelo shot a 64 as he
grabbed the second round lead on 135.
Koreas Charlie Wi, the Maybank Malaysian Open winner, took
a late stumble as he was even-par for the day three strokes behind
Loar. Wi fired three birdies on the second, 10th and 12 holes before
a dropped shot on the 14th. Despite a birdie in the following 15th
hole, Wi struggled with a triple bogey on the 17th.
Indias Arjun Atwal slipped on the second day after a 74.
With three bogeys on the front nine and a single birdie on the 15th
hole, Atwal, who aims to secure his full playing rights on the US
PGA Tour next year, dropped to tied 57th spot after a total of 146.
Atwal has earned a conditional card when he was ranked 140th on
the money list last season which allows him to compete in 15 events
Yang Yong-eun of Korea also struggled when he shot a poor 76 that
dropped him to tied 85th place. After a sluggish start, Thailands
Prayad Marksaeng improved when he was level-par on 151 in joint
120th position. Two strokes behind was South African Garth Mulroy
who shot a disappointing 78 in tied 142nd spot.
Players who finish in the top-30 and ties will earn their US PGA
In the Japan Tour Qualifying School Finals, Koreas Choi Joon-woo
was tied for the lead after a superb 66 in the second round. After
a two-day total of eight-under-par 136, the Korean was three stokes
ahead of Australian Richard Lee who shot a 74 in tied 12th place.
Thailands Prom Meesawat carded a 69 in tied 16th spot on
140. New Zealander Eddie Lee dropped to joint 53rd position when
he shot a 76 to a total of 143. In tied 83rd place was Japans
Hirofumi Miyase who scored a 75 while Masanori Ushiyama failed to
improve after 77 in joint 112th alongside Akinori Tani who carded
his second consecutive 73. Fumihiro Kanamori shot a similar score
in tied 136th place on 147.
The qualifiers is also used as the Stage One for the Asian Tour
December 1, 2006