Selangor, Malaysia, November 23: Malaysia’s Sukree Othman boosted the local hopes after signing for a two-under-par 70 to share the halfway clubhouse lead with China’s Liu Yan-wei at the weather-hit PGM GlobalOne Championship on Thursday.
The 41-year-old Sukree fired four birdies against two bogeys for a six-under-par 138 total to sit atop the leaderboard alongside Liu, who slipped with a 73, at the Saujana Golf and Country Club’s Bunga Raya course.
Thailand’s Kasidit Lepkurte, who secured his breakthrough win in Malaysia last month, trails the leading duo by one in third place following a 70 at the RM200,000 (approximately US$44,600) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
Play was first suspended at 12.45pm local time due to heavy rain before resuming at 5.45pm. It was later abandoned for the day at 6.50pm due to fading light.
A total of 35 players will resume their round at 7.40am local time on Friday with the third round scheduled to start not earlier than 2.00pm.
“I think I played a good round despite having to deal with the rain delays. I hit my irons well. My approach shots were good today. On the 13th and 17th holes, I hit both my second shots to within two feet and tap in for birdies,” said Sukree.
“I have played here many times and I know how to tackle most of the holes. I will not think about where I stand on the leaderboard tomorrow. I just hope to keep this good tempo going,” added Sukree, who is chasing for a maiden ADT win.
The 20-year-old Liu had returned in the morning to complete two remaining holes for an opening 65 and gain a three-shot advantage heading into the second round.
Despite failing to capitalize on his lead, Liu took pride in his battling performance which helped him stay on track for a breakthrough win on the region’s secondary circuit.
“I played really solid yesterday for an opening 65. I hit a lot of good wedge shots to within five feet to make birdies. My iron-play was consistent and I felt like I could control my shots well,” said Liu, placed 18th on the ADT Order of Merit thanks to four top-10s this season.
“I got to the course at 6.30am to finish my first round and have been waiting around because of the rain delay, so my energy level is a little low but I am not complaining as all the other guys around me are going through the same thing,” Liu added.
Only the leading five players on the Order of Merit at the end will earn playing rights on the Asian Tour in 2018.
All ADT events offer Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points. The winner will receive at least six OWGR points while the top six players and ties will also earn points based on a sliding scale.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading second round scores:
138-Sukree OTHMAN (MAS) 68 70, LIU Yan-wei (CHN) 65 73
139-Kasidit LEPKURTE (THA) 69 70
Johnson POH (SGP) 68
141-Pitipat PITIMANA-AREE (THA) 70 71,Donlaphatchai NIYOMCHON (THA) 73 68
About the 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.