Lahore, November 4: Poosit Supupramai of Thailand tightened his grip at the weather-shortened Defence Raya Golf Championship when he fired a second round four-under-par 68 on Saturday.
Poosit returned this morning to complete 10 holes before officials reduced the US$120,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event to 54 holes after eight and a half hours of play was lost in three days due to fog.
The 24-year-old Poosit holds a two-shot advantage on 11-under-par 133 as countryman Jakraphan Premsirigorn trails in second place at the Defence Raya Golf and Country Club.
Nattawat Suvajanakorn, also of Thailand, Malcolm Kokocinski of Sweden and Luke Joy of England shared third place, three shots back of the leader Poosit in the inaugural ADT event.
Poosit was even-par in his first nine holes but returned with three birdies and one eagle against a bogey on his homeward nine to put himself in prime position to win his first ADT title.
The third and final round started late afternoon and Poosit only finished one hole before play was called off for the day at 5pm. It will resume again at 10am on Sunday.
“I think I have a good chance now because the tournament is reduced to 54 holes. I have a slight advantage but as you’ve seen in the last two days, you can really go low on the course,” said Poosit, who shot a 65 in the first round.
“This is a good golf course and I’m playing with confidence. I’m happy that I’m playing in the final group but I want to focus on my own game. Hopefully I can maintain my focus and play my best on Sunday,” the Thai added.
Tournament Director Chokchai Boonprasert said more fog delays are expected on Sunday which forced the tournament committee to reduce the event to three rounds.
“The tournament has been affected by lengthy delays due to fog throughout the week. We expect another delay on Sunday and because of this, the decision was made by the tournament committee to reduce the event to 54 holes. The decision was made in the best interest of the tournament and our ADT members,” said Chokchai.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading round 2 results:
133 – Poosit SUPUPRAMAI (THA) 65 68
135 – Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORN (THA) 67 68
136 – Nattawat SUVAJANAKORN (THA) 72 64, Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) 66 70, Luke JOY (ENG) 70 66
137 – Wolmer MURILLO (VEN) 72 65
138 – Panuwat MUENLEK (THA) 68 70
139 – Donlaphatchai NIYOMCHON (THA) 69 70
140 – Talat IJAZ (PAK) 72 68, MUHAMMAD Shabbir (PAK) 73 67, Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN) 67 73, Muhammad ASIF (PAK) 68 72
141 – Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 72 69, Kazuma SHIMAYA (JPN) 70 71, Shahid Javed KHAN (PAK) 73 68, Wisut ARTJANAWAT (THA) 70 71, John CATLIN (USA) 72 69
142 – Amir NAZRIN (MAS) 70 72, Muhmmad IMRAN (PAK) 69 73
143 – Taimoor KHAN (A) (PAK) 73 70
144 – Hamza AMIN (PAK) 69 75
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.