Kieran Vincent in contention at International Series Vietnam

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Kieran Vincent. Picture by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour.

Zimbabwe’s Kieran Vincent shot an inspired seven-under-par 65 to move within a shot of the lead at the halfway mark of the International Series Vietnam at KN Golf Links, in Cam Ranh, on the south-central coast of Vietnam on Friday.

Vincent, the younger brother of Scott Vincent, last year’s International Series Order of Merit winner, followed up on his opening 67, with a brilliant bogey free round as he continues to impress Vincent, in only his second year in the professional game.

After beginning on the first, the Liberty University graduate made the turn in three under before a fantastic finish saw him birdie four of his last five holes, including 17 and 18.

The Zimbabwean made a brilliant birdie on the par-four last, getting up and down from a bunker 50 yards from the putting surface to move to 12-under-par-132.

“It came out a little bit better than I expected,” he said on his shot on the final hole.

“The ball was a little bit below the feet but lucky enough that it just kind of checked up on the green there, and actually ended up lipping out. So got a little lucky with the way it kind of panned out. But, you know, luckily, we were able to practice those. The green near the practice bunker here is about 40 yards, so I was lucky enough to get a decent amount of practice in before this.”

He added: “It was good. It was enjoyable, had a good group out there. Just remained patient and just enjoyed my time, so it was a great day. Love being out here in Vietnam, first time here so just soaking it in.

“Obviously, you know, you look to start off fast but it’s all about the finish. And you know, that’s kind of the way I try and picture it, you know, a good strong start can get you in position but it’s the way you finish is how you’re going to actually finish up there on the leaderboard. So, I was just thankful that we had some good numbers, and we were able to kind of hit the targets that we aimed at, so lucky for that.”

Kieran will begin the third round one shot behind Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond, who fired a sizzling course record 10-under-par 62 to take the lead at the halfway mark.

Eight birdies, an eagle, and his second successive bogey-free round saw him move to 13 under par for the US$2 million event, which gave him a one-shot advantage over Kieran Vincent from Zimbabwe.

Japan’s Takumi Kanaya (64), Chapchai Nirat (65) from Thailand, Filipino Miguel Tabuena (67), Korea’s Taehee Lee (68), and overnight leader Bai Zhengkai (69) from China are one shot further back on 11-under par.

 

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