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Tony Finau leads HSBC despite bizzare incident

Finau in control despite unusual hiccup (Photo: Getty Images )
Tony Finau overcame a bizzare double bogey at his 11th hole in round two of the WGC-HSBC Champions in Sheshan in China to lead by three shots over Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood and first round leader Patrick Reed as the lucrative event heads into the weekend.

Finau took the lead with a great run through ten holes before his approach to the 11th, although right on line, hit a sprinkler just short of the green and bounced through the green by 30 yards or so into a hazard and the resultant double bogey cost him dearly.

Despite another bogey soon after he was able to recover both mentally and on the leaderboard with three birdies in his last five holes to move three ahead of Reed and Rose.

“I played nicely,” said the leader perhaps stating the obvious. “I was happy with the way I finished. I was pleased to make a few birdies coming down the stretch.

“That was about as bad a break as I've ever had, to kick all the way over the green into the hazard,” he added referring to the sprinkler-head incident.  One thing I've learned in this game, you take the good with the bad and keep moving forward.

“I knew I was playing well still and still at the top of the leaderboard. Just keep plugging along and try to get that back and I was able to do that.

“I think I just stay in attack mode. I think there's guys, a lot of great players here that are looking to chase me down. I've got to stay in attack mode, continue to make birdies and if I limit the mistakes, I think it will be a good weekend.”

Rose is in impeccable form at present and moved within three with a bogey free round of 67, the defending champion and in form golfer on track for a successful defence.

“It was the opposite wind today,” said the Englishman. “Although it was tough, certain holes played much harder than yesterday and certain holes played easier. The par fives played easier, certainly eight and two played easier than they did, but yeah, just found my moments to make birdies.

“Might have been a bogey-free round, so yeah, that's pretty tidy. Those rounds don't often come, especially in breezy conditions. I kept it mentally obviously sharp and I felt like towards the end of the round I was trying to whip myself and keep driving forward and making good decisions and good swings.”

Jason Day leads the Australians at 3 under after a 2 under par round of 70 to be tied for 16th, Adam Scott was unable to capitalise on his good start on day one, a round of 73 seeing him in 21st position at 2 under, Jason Norris is 46th, Adam Bland and Cameron Smith are 52nd and Jason Scrivener 58th.

New Zealander Ryan Fox has made a very good start to be in tied for 13th at 4 under and seven from the lead.

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