Catlin holds on to lead at the PGM EurAsia Perak Championship

Malaysia, November 9: Overnight leader John Catlin shot a two-under-par 70 on Thursday at the PGM EurAsia Perak Championship to take the second-round lead at the RM200,000(approx.US$44,600) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.

The 26-year-old American started off his round at the 10th hole consistently with 12 straight pars before dropping a shot on the fourth. However, he bounced back on hole five where he made birdie and added two more on holes seven and eight to finish strong at six-under-par 138.

“Putting was good even though yesterday, I made a couple of longer putts. I made a 15-footer on the eighth and made birdie. I am happy with how I finished. Pin positions today were tough but fair and I played the course exactly how I did yesterday,” said an exhausted Catlin who is currently on his eighth week in a row.

“I am way more tired today but I will fight through it and stay tough. I came down with a little cough but like I said, nothing changes for tomorrow,” he added.

Malaysian Kemarol Baharin moved up an impressive ten spots with his second round score of 67. Joining him at tied-second are two golfers, first round co-leader Brandon Lau from Malaysia and American Paul Harris at 139.

A total of 50 players made the halfway cut, set at 159.

The PGM EurAsia Perak Championship, jointly sanctioned with the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) tour, is the 17th leg of the ADT schedule and the 10th stop in Malaysia this season.

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Leading round 2 results:

138 – John CATLIN (USA) 68 70

139 – Kemarol BAHARIN (MAS) 72 67, Paul HARRIS (USA) 69 70, Brandon LAU Ka Kin (MAS) 68 71

140 – Panuwat MUENLEK (THA) 72 68, Shariffuddin ARIFFIN (MAS) 70 70, Martin DIVE (AUS) 69 71

141 – Amir NAZRIN (MAS) 72 69, Josh SALAH (USA) 70 71

142 – Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) 73 69, Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORN (THA) 76 66

143 – Kenneth TOBUSE (MAS) 71 72, R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 70 73

144 – Kenneth DE SILVA (MAS) 74 70, Nattawat SUVAJANAKORN (THA) 72 72

145 – Sukree OTHMAN (MAS) 76 69, TAN Chien Hau (MAS) 72 73, Pitipat PITIMANA-AREE (THA) 74 71, Wilson CHOO (MAS) 70 75

146 – Sam CYR (USA) 72 74, M. Sasidaran (MAS) 76 70, Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN) 74 72

147 – LAM Kong Loong (MAS) 74 73, S. Siva Chandhran (MAS) 71 76

149 – Jonathan WONG (MAS) 74 75, Irfan YUSOFF (MAS) 74 75, Mukhtar ALWI (MAS) 74 75, Janne KASKE (FIN) 75 74, CHAN Soo Keong (MAS) 74 75, Keegan KAM (MAS) 69 80

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 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.