21 Apr 2012

Paddison in contention in China, Hendry and Long out

10:56 am on 21 April 2012

The Wellington golfer Gareth Paddison shot a second consecutive four under par 68 at the China Open to climb 10 places to a share of fifth at the halfway stage of the European Tour event in Tianjin.

Paddison made six birdies and two bogeys as he closed within three shots of the leaders Gary Boyd of England and Jean-Baptiste Gonnet of France, on an 11 under total.

The 32-year-old left-hander, who has played previously on the European Tour, qualified for the event with his status on the OneAsia Tour as this event is co-sanctioned.

Paddison has shown good form already in 2012 when he won the Victorian PGA Championship by one shot on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

North Harbour professional Hendry, who is playing in his first event since winning the New Zealand PGA Pro-Am at The Hills, carded rounds of 70 and 73 to miss the cut by one shot.

Michael Long, who is currently tied second on the OneAsia Order of Merit, also missed the weekend after shooting 74 and 73.