Adilson Da Silva soared into the clubhouse lead when he fired a blistering six-under-66 at the halfway stage of the US$650,000 Mercuries Taiwan Masters on Friday.
Da Silva, who opened with a 75, battled through the gusty winds which packed speeds up to 52mph to bounce back brilliantly at the challenging Taiwan Golf and Country Club’s Tamsui course.
The Brazilian capped a flawless front nine with three birdies and one eagle to turn in 31 before dropping a shot on the 13th hole. He recovered by adding two more birdies on his way home to mark a two-day total of three-under-par 141 in the Asian Tour event.
Filipino veteran Antonio Lascuna battled to a 69 to tie with Australian duo Marcus Both and Andrew Dodt in second place on 144 at the long-running Mercuries Taiwan Masters, which is celebrating its 28th edition this week.
Overnight leader Lionel Weber of France failed to emulate his opening round magic as he stumbled with an 80 to slip out of contention.
Da Silva credited his hot putter and his caddie’s good course knowledge for a splendid round today.
“I felt very comfortable today. My putting was so good. The greens were running better this morning. The wind is getting in and out on the course and it’s hard to gauge the direction sometimes. I was really staying positive on the front nine and it got my game going.
“My caddie helped me quite a bit with the lines. We were reading the lines together and we got it right most of the time. You have to keep the ball in play from the first hole. I think putting is the key to play well here and you got to be aggressive playing on these greens,” said the 42-year-old.
The Mercuries Taiwan Masters is the penultimate tournament for players to qualify for the CIMB Classic and WGC-HSBC Champions.
As of October 20, the leading four golfers from the Asian Tour Order of Merit will earn starting places in the US$8.5 million HSBC Champions while the leading 10 players will qualify for the US$7 million CIMB Classic.