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Perry joins chase for Shae

The scene looked set for a contender to chase down the idle Shae-Wools Cobb this morning when the second round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship began.

But despite uncustomarily still conditions, it wasn’t until a spectacular hole-out for eagle on the 9th, his last, gave China’s Lin Yuxin an almost surprise 67 that anybody had made any inroads on the runaway Australian.

Lin’s dramatic finish vaulted him to six under and clear in second by two strokes, yet still two behind Wools-Cobb who was among the last to start in the afternoon phase.

Among those to peg back a couple of shots was the Hunter Valley’s Dylan Perry, whose 69 to reach two under overall sounds impressive, but could easily have been better had he had any luck on the greens.

Having started his round on the 10th, Perry nipped a couple of immaculate approach shots to set up birdies on the 12th and 13th holes, the latter almost going down for eagle before settling 5cm behind the cup.

But he came even closer on the 170m par-three 16th when his sweetly struck five-iron rolled towards the pin but broke left in the last 50cm only to horseshoe out, preventing what would have been his first ace.

“It was tracking the whole way and caught a chunk of the hole and went to a foot, so I’m still waiting for that hole-in-one,” Perry said.

“That time is still coming. I saw it bounce out of the hole, anyway, another time.”

Perry had several other golden chances, but couldn’t quite find the love with his putter.

“It was much more solid today and I hit a lot more greens.

“I pitched it pretty well from 100m in, so I’ll take that confidence into tomorrow and hope the putts can drop as well.

“I’m quite happy with where I am, so game on.”

His Australian teammates out this morning finished equally as frustrated with their putters.

Travis Smyth made just three birdies in his even-par 71 that left him one under, one of those a two-putt and another from a chip-in with his 50-degree wedge.

“It’s frustrating, but I’m still around where you can win this from, so hopefully I can get it going over the weekend,” said Smyth, who took penalties after losing a ball on the 12th (his 3rd hole) and later in the water on the 4th, both time making great putts to save further damage and hitting back with birdies straight away.

“I was pretty happy to just minimise that damage … it could have been ugly, so it shows I can make a putt.

“But I need to drop a couple for birdie and get it rolling tomorrow.”

Charlie Dann was another whose ball-striking improved more markedly than his even-par 71 would indicate.

The affable Queenslander will safely make the cut at three over, but again could have been higher up the leaderboard had his blade co-operated.

“I hit a lot of close shots today and I just couldn’t seem to read the greens,” Dann said.

“I hit a lot of good putts and they just didn’t fall, but it was a good solid round of golf.”

Wools-Cobb, Min Woo Lee and Harrison Endycott are all in the afternoon wave just off at Royal Wellington

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