Peter Uihlein, of the US, putts from the edge of the 18th hole during the last round of the Madeira Islands Open Sunday, May 19 2013, at the Santo da Serra golf course, in Machico, Portugal. Uihlein shot a 15-under-par total of 273 to win the tournament.
Helder Santos
April 17, 2015

SHENZHEN, China (AP) Peter Uihlein made five birdies in gusty conditions and shot a 4-under 68 Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Shenzhen International.

The American started his round on the 10th hole and was 1 under on the back nine, where the strong wind made play more difficult. He then added three birdies on the front nine to finish at 9-under 135 total.

''It was tricky today. The wind was swirling quite a bit,'' said Uihlein, whose only previous win on the European Tour came at the 2013 Madeira Islands Open. ''I got the back nine out of the way pretty quickly. I played very solid. I felt like getting anything under par on the back nine was nice, and I played a pretty stress free front nine, which is always good.''

Kiradech Aphibarnrat matched Uihlein's five birdies, but added two bogeys to shoot a 69 and finish one shot behind.

''Again, the wind was getting up on a few holes before I finished, but the way I was striking the ball is still very good,'' the Thai player said.

Emiliano Grillo matched the low round of the day with a 5-under 67 to move into a tie for third with Gregory Havret, Darren Fichardt and Matt Ford. They were three shots behind Uihlein at 6-under 138.

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson shot a 2-over 74 to slip into a tie for 42nd. He made the cut, but was unimpressed by his form.

''It's tough,'' Watson said. ''I haven't played very well. I haven't putted very well. But it's a beautiful golf course.''

Watson was at 144 overall, nine shots behind Uihlein.

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