Kuala Lumpur, April 14: Inclement weather continues to wreak havoc at the PGM UMW Championship as play was abandoned for the third consecutive day at the TPC Kuala Lumpur on Friday.
The penultimate round of the RM200,000 (approx. US$44,600) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event was suspended at 4.00pm local time before officials decided to call it a day two hours later due to persistent rain.
All 51 players will return to the TPC Kuala Lumpur’s east course at 7.30am on Saturday to resume their rounds. The all-important final round is scheduled to start not earlier than 8.30am. Players will remain in the same groupings as the third round for the final 18 holes.
Round one co-leader Nicholas Fung of Malaysia returned in the morning to sign for a three-under-par 68, grabbing a share of the halfway lead with countryman Shariffuddin Ariffin, who carded a solid 66, on eight-under-par 134 total at the PGM UMW Championship.
Malaysia’s number one Gavin Green, who also returned to complete his second round in the morning, posted a brilliant 65 to trail the leading duo by one shot alongside Japan’s Masaru Takahashi, who recorded a 68.
At the point of suspension, Green has moved to 10-under-par following three birdies through nine holes while Fung, Shariffuddin and Masaru all trail by two shots on eight-under-par after eight. England’s Steve Lewton has also moved to eight-under-par through 10.
“It has been good. I have been really positive and I have been giving myself a lot of looks on the greens. I made some putts today so that’s huge for me,” said the 23-year-old Green.
“I am still working on some stuff as swing goes. But other than that, I am enjoying the game and I will try to give myself as many looks as possible,” added the three-time ADT winner.
Green earned his 2017 Asian Tour card after finishing second on the ADT Order of Merit last season. He claimed a solid runner-up result in India last month to sit in fourth place on the current Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Korean-American Sihwan Kim, who recorded a stunning second round 62 on Thursday, had withdrawn from the tournament after feeling unwell on Friday morning.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
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.