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Play abandoned as typhoon lashes Taiwan
 
TAIPEI, Sept 15, 2012 (BSS/AFP) - Play in the second round of
the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Taiwan was
abandoned on Saturday, as strong winds and rain caused by a
passing typhoon lashed the island, organisers said.

The blustery and damp conditions at the Linkou International
Golf and Country Club forced officials to reduce the US$500,000
event to a 54-stroke play tournament, the Asian Tour said in a
statement.

"The extremely wet and windy conditions made it a challenge
for play to continue today. The safety of our players going out
to the course was also another priority," said Wanchai Meechai,
the Asian Tour's tournament director.

"As such, we have taken the decision to abandon play for
today," he said.

Play would resume on Sunday morning, when conditions were
expected to be calmer, he said. "We are also not ruling out a
Monday finish so that we can get all 54 holes played," added
Wanchai.

Angelo Que of the Philippines holds the clubhouse lead with
his first round seven-under-par 65 while American Jason Knutzon,
who was even-par through nine holes, took a share of second place
alongside India's Gaganjeet Bhullar.

Taiwan's Lin Wen-tang was in fourth place after an opening 67
while India's Anirban Lahiri was one back in fifth place on 68.

Singapore's Koh Dengshan, who was one-over after three holes
before play was abandoned, remained unperturbed by the weather
conditions.

"This is expected of the weather in Taipei and before I came,
I was already mentally prepared for these kinds of conditions.
There's nothing much you can do except to go back there again and
play your best when the weather conditions are much better," said
Koh.
 
 
 
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