David Puig now leads the Macao tournament

The 22-year-old Spaniard concluded an impressive round with a total of seven birdies and one bogey, carding a 64, one stroke behind Kruger, who also posted seven birdies without a bogey.

by Andrea Gussoni
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David Puig now leads the Macao tournament
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David Puig finished tied for the lead with South African Jbe Kruger, both at -11, after the second round of the Macau International Series (China), holding a one-shot advantage over Chilean Mito Pereira and Swedish Bjorn Hellgren.

David Puig, results

The 22-year-old Spaniard concluded an impressive round with a total of seven birdies and one bogey, carding a 64, one stroke behind Kruger, who also posted seven birdies without a bogey. One shot behind are Chile's Mito Pereira and Sweden's Bjorn Hellgren, who finished the day with 66 and 65 strokes, respectively, while two shots back are Mexican Carlos Ortiz, Japanese Yuta Sugiura, and American Pat Perez.

Following Puig, the best-performing Spaniard is Sergio García, who completed a spectacular round with 63 strokes (including two eagles, six birdies, and three bogeys), bouncing back from a poor performance in the first round where he finished two strokes over par.

García is currently at -5, along with Carlos Pigem (five birdies and two bogeys), followed by Eugenio López-Chacarra at four strokes over par (five birdies, one bogey, and two double bogeys). The competition will be decided on Saturday in the final round of a tournament where a significant number of players from the LIV circuit, such as Sergio García, participate in the International Series, driven by Saudi capital, to provide athletes with the opportunity to compete during weeks when there is no competition in the LIV and earn points in the world rankings.

Macao is one of the special administrative regions of China along with Hong Kong. It is located on the western side of the Pearl River Delta and borders Hong Kong to the east, Guangdong Province to the north and west, while facing the South China Sea to the south.

The territory's economy is heavily reliant on gambling and tourism but also includes manufacturing activities. As a former Portuguese colony, Macao remained under Portuguese rule from the mid-16th century until 1999, making it the last European colony in Asia.

Portuguese traders settled in Macao as early as 1550, and in 1557, Macao became part of Portugal as a commercial port to the Chinese Empire. However, Portuguese administration of the city remained under Chinese authority and sovereignty until 1887, when Macao became a colony of the Portuguese Empire.

The Chinese state resumed sovereignty over Macao in December 1999. The Sino-Portuguese Joint Declaration and the "Basic Law of Macao" nonetheless establish a high degree of autonomy for the region at least fifty years after the transfer of sovereignty, as also stipulated for Hong Kong.

Under the "one country, two systems" policy, the central people's government of China is responsible for defense and foreign affairs, while Macao maintains its own legal system, police force, monetary system, customs policy, and immigration policy.

According to the World Factbook, Macao has the second-highest life expectancy among all countries in the world. Additionally, Macao is one of the regions in Asia with the highest human development index.

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