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Antcliff Shares Taiwan Lead

Maverick Antcliff shares the 36 hole lead at the Asian Tour's Taiwan Masters (Photo: Asian Tour)
Queensland’s Maverick Antcliff is in prime position to challenge for a maiden professional win after grabbing a share of the 36-hole lead at the Asian Tour’s Taiwan Masters.

Antcliff is one of four players at 3-under-par in a high scoring event at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club.

Only eight players are in red figures through two rounds, Antcliff sharing top spot with Brazil’s Adilson da Silva, South African Justin Harding and France’s Lionel Weber.

In difficult day two conditions Antcliff offset three bogeys with three birdies for an even par 72 after starting with a dropped shot at the 10thhole.

“It was tough out there. It was quite windy and we got a bit of rain on the front nine which was my back nine,” he said.

“I kind of got off to an average start. It’s pretty tough to start from the 10th hole. It’s a long par-three, especially with the wind and stuff. 

“I didn’t get off to the best start with the bogey there but I was just trying to stay calm out there and made some good saves.”

Maverick started the day one off the pace after an opening 69 but with several players struggling Friday he found himself at the top of the standings thanks to some solid putting. 

“I putted nicely today. I felt more comfortable with the greens,” he said.

“I still had a couple of three-putts but I felt like everyone else will probably do the same out there.

“I think I didn’t do too bad even the tough playing conditions out there. It could’ve gotten a lot worse.”

While pleased with his position heading to the weekend Antcliff is taking nothing for granted.

“It’s a big event this week,” he said. “I came here with the aim to try and play well. I’m happy with where I stand right now, given that it’s my first time here.

“It’s nice to be playing solid but it’s golf, I’ll just take it as it comes and see what happens over the weekend.”

Five Australians made the cut in the tournament, Josh Younger sharing ninth at even par and not out of contention.

Jake Higginbottom and Terry Pilkadaris are 3-over and sharing 35thplace while Travis Smyth was the last of the Australians to make the cut and is T46 at 4-over.


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