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Asian edge: Lin, Jyoti in top 10

Taiwan's Lin Weng-Tang and India's Jyoti Randhawa led a strong Asian charge at the WGC-HSBC Champions Thursday, playing impressive golf to stay in touch with the leaders.

india Updated: Nov 05, 2009 22:45 IST

Taiwan's Lin Weng-Tang and India's Jyoti Randhawa led a strong Asian charge at the WGC-HSBC Champions Thursday, playing impressive golf to stay in touch with the leaders.

Lin, who qualified for the elite World Golf Championship event by winning last year's Hong Kong Open, shot a 67 to be tied for fifth, alongside world number one Tiger Woods, Paul Casey and Anthony Kim.

Randhawa was equally competitive with his 68 at the Sheshan Golf Club course for a tie of ninth.

Nick Watney leads the seven-million-dollar event after a red-hot eight-under-par 64, ahead of fellow American Sean Moore, Germany's Martin Kaymer and Northern Ireland's Shane Lowry on 66.

“This is the third World Golf Championship event I've played and I have been learning a lot,” said Lin, a four-time winner on the Asian Tour.

“I've been trying to keep myself relaxed. Every stroke I played was satisfactory, that's why I'm at five-under and I'm happy.”

Randhawa was pleased to be among the leaders in a strong field. “I'm happy. I got my swing back into the groove after a long time and it felt good. I putted well, just coming in I wished I made a few more putts,” he said.

It was disappointing for Asia's first Major winner, Yang Youn-Eun, trailing Watney by eight strokes after a par round of 72. The Korean won here in 2006, holding off Woods, and went on to claim the US PGA Championship this year.

It was worse for Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng with nothing going right in his nine-over-par 81, which included two double bogeys. It leaves him last in the 78-man field.