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July 17 2010

4:47 PM

Jeong hangs tough

Jin Jeong only got about four hours sleep last night. But not because he was nervous, mind you.

Actually, Jeong was one of the 30 players on the course when play was halted at 9:45 p.m. local time who had to come back for a 6:30 a.m. start today. And maybe it was a good thing he didn’t have much time to ponder his position at the midway point of the 139th British Open.

Turns out the 20-year-old Korean amateur, who now makes his home in Melbourne, Australia, was one of just three players in the afternoon wave on Friday who ended up shooting under par. His round of 2 under left him at 6 under for the tournament and two strokes off the lead.

So Jeong, who qualified to play at the Old Course when he won the British Amateur last month, went out in the third-to-last group on Saturday with Alejandro Canizares. He bogeyed the fourth hole but just holed a lengthy eagle putt at the fifth hole to move to 7 under and four strokes off Louis Oosthuizen’s lead. – Helen Ross

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