Ben Campbell took the early clubhouse lead on day two of the Asian Amateur Championship with a stunning 66 on The Singapore Island Country Club’s New Course.
The New Zealander’s bogey-free round, which included four birdies and an eagle , put him 11-under for the tournament, four shots clear of the field. Campbell, who shot 67 yesterday and is yet to make a bogey, came into the tournament on a tremendous run of form after making the cut and finishing T-40th at last week’s Asia Pacific Open in Japan.
He teed off from the 10th on a morning marked by heavy rain showers that forced a two-hour delay. He picked up his first stroke on the 14th, quickly followed by an eagle at 16 and then further shots on holes 2, 7 and 9.
The 20-year-old – who qualified fourth for this year’s Amateur Championship only to be knocked out in the second round of matchplay – has impressed at the AAC before, finishing T-4th last year.
Playing down his performance, Campbell said: “It wasn’t too bad. I managed to make a few putts I needed and I came in pretty good too. I’ve got a little bit more work to do on the range, a few shots here and there. I putted well so I feel like I’ve had a good day. I’m taking it as it comes but I’m playing well at the moment.”
He was followed closely on seven-under by overnight leader Korea’s Soo-min Lee and Australia’s Cameron Smith, the only other player so far to shoot two sub-70 rounds. The Brisbane-born 18-year-old started at the 10th with a birdie and followed it up with others on 12, 16, 5 and 9. However, bogeys on 13 and 7 kept his scored to 69, one more than yesterday.
Sitting one shot back is defending champion Hideki Matsuyama. A solid yet unspectacular round of 71 – three birdies and two bogeys – coupled with Thursday’s 67 leaves the Masters Silver Cup winner on his own in fourth place at six-under.
The comeback player of the day so far is home favourite Zhiqun Lam. The Singapore National Amateur champion shot a six-under 66 – a full eight shots better than yesterday. His two-day total of 140 puts him back in contention at four-under. The 22-year-old – who led the tournament at this stage last year – will be confident of shooting low at the weekend as he holds a personal best of 63 round what is his home course.