Dive stays ahead in Malaysia

Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, January 19: Overnight leader Martin Dive of Australia battled to a level par 72 to hold a one-shot halfway lead at the PGM CCM Seriemas Championship here on Thursday.

After opening with a superb 64, the 31-year-old found the going tough in the Asian Development Tour tournament as he traded two birdies against as many bogeys to cling on to his lead with a two-day score of eight-under-par 136.

Thailand’s Nittithorn Thippong carded one of the day’s best rounds with a 67 which included six birdies as he stayed one shot behind the leader with two rounds to play in what is the season-opening tournament for the 2017 ADT campaign.

American Brett Munson (pictured) ended the second round in third place, two behind Dive, following a fine 67 as well while one-time Asian Tour winner Steve Lewton of England shot a 72 to leave himself three shots behind the lead.

The best placed Malaysian was Arie Irawan, who carded a 69 to share fifth place with amongst other American John Catlin, Peter Lansburgh and Finland’s Janne Kaske.

Leading second round scores

136: Martin DIVE (AUS) 64-72

137: Nitithorn THIPPONG (THA) 70-67

138: Brett MUNSON (USA) 71-67

139: Steve LEWTON (ENG) 67-72

140: Arie Irawan (MAS) 71-69, Dino A. GIACOMAZZI (USA) 67-73, John CATLIN (USA) 70-70

Solomon Emilio ROSIDIN (MAS) 68-72, Peter LANSBURGH (USA) 71-69, Janne KASKE (FIN) 71-69, Mohammad WAFIYUDDIN (MAS) 72-68, Panuwat MUENLEK (THA) 67-73

141: Brian JUNG (CAN) 69-72, Sam CYR (USA) 70-71, Sukree OTHMAN (MAS) 72-69

About Asian Development Tour

The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.