Felipe Aguilar will go into the weekend of the Indonesian Open with a two-stroke lead after producing a superb eight-under-par 62 in today’s second round at the Cengkareng Golf Club in Jakarta.
The Chilean found his iron play in fine fettle today with some superb shots around the pin and his putting was equally sharp as he racked up eight birdies in an otherwise faultless round.
Consequently, Aguilar leads South African James Kamte and Thai Prom Meesawat by two shots as he bids for his first-ever victory on the European Tour.
“”I feel ready to win,“ he said. ”I have the will and I have the game – I just need to wait for the right week and hopefully it is this one.
“I would take eight under every day – two more of those and I will have a chance. But at the same time I know there is still a long way to go.
“I have led tournaments by two or three shots before at the halfway stage and lost by five or six shots so there is a long way to go.”
Having teed off in the morning, Aguilar took the lead relatively early in the day and those that teed off in the afternoon failed to really threaten his position.
Joost Luiten of the Netherlands and Australian David Bransdon, who had finished yesterday with a share of the lead after carding 64s, endured disappointing rounds in relation to their opening day performance.
Lutien carded a one-under 69 to fall six shots behind Aguilar with seven under overall while Bransdon fared even worse, dropping way down the leaderboard after carding a disastrous four-over-par 74.
Three shots behind Aguilar are Austrian Martin Wiegele and Thai Prayad Marksaeng while India’s Jeev Milkha Singh is a further stroke behind on nine under.
Darren Clarke’s early joy of carding a superb hole-in-one on the par-three fourth did not continue into the rest of the round as he finished with a three-under-67 and is five under overall.
The Irishman followed up his ace with birdies on the sixth and seventh but was unable to keep that run going on the back nine, dropping one shot and making par on the rest.
“It would be nice to put a low (score) in tomorrow,” said Clarke.
“If I can get down to 23 or 24 putts then I could move up the leaderboard.”
Paul McGinley, who like Clarke finished the opening round on two under, finished one under for the day and trails Aguilar by 10 strokes.