Minoza eclipses Tiger with 10-under 61 in Singapore


SINGAPORE, Reuters

Frankie Minoza of the Philippines shattered Asian and European Tour records with a second round 10 under-par 61 to lead the Singapore Masters by two shots on Friday.

The 41-year-old father of four’s return was the lowest in Asian Tour history and a course record at the new Singapore Island Country Club.

He finished at 17 under par after two rounds, two strokes ahead of Fiji’s Vijay Singh.

Minoza’s two-round score of 125 is the lowest 36-hole total in European Tour history, surpassing Tiger Wood’s effort of 15 under par on the opening two days of August’s NEC Invitational. “I just cannot believe I shot 61 and I just hit my driver so good,” Minoza said.

“I don’t know what it is about this course that I like. I first played in 1975 as a junior.” He has won twice on the course in his career and finished second on two occasions in the Singapore Open.

Minoza needed just 10 putts over his closing nine of 29 that included seven birdies.

Singh, winner of last week’s Malaysian Open, managed four birdies in succession in his round of eight-under-par 63.

Parisian Olivier Edmund is in third place at 11 under par. Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie, winner of last week’s Australian Masters in Melbourne, added a four-under-par 67 to move to nine under par.

Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, who shared the opening round lead with Bennett, had moved to 10 under par through 15 holes.