Selangor, Malaysia, November 24: The PGM GlobalOne Championship, which is the 18th leg of the Asian Development Tour (ADT) schedule this season, has been reduced to 54 holes following weather disruptions, tournament officials announced on Friday.
Inclement weather has caused 11 hours of play to be lost in three days at the Saujana Golf and Country Club, thereby forcing tournament committee to reduce the tournament to three rounds.
The third and final round of the RM200,000 (approximately US$44,600) event will now tee off at 7.30am local time on Saturday, with Singapore’s Johnson Poh leading the way by one shot on seven-under-par 137 total.
ADT Tournament Director Adnan Othman said: “Following the lengthy rain delays that we faced, it has become clear that the completion of 72 holes within the required time frame is not feasible. Therefore, the PGM GlobalOne Championship will be decided over three rounds.”
A total of 35 players returned at 7.40am on Friday morning to complete their second round. The third round, which was originally scheduled to start 2.45pm, failed to commence due to lightning threats. Officials made the decision to reduce play to 54 holes at 4.30pm.
Poh, chasing for a breakthrough win on the ADT, completed 17 holes from his second round on Friday morning, marking his card with four birdies against one bogey for a second round three-under-par 69.
“I started off pretty steady when I resumed my second round today. On the 16th hole, I hit a bad tee shot into the trees on the left which resulted in a lost ball. I then hit my provisional ball which landed safely on the fairway and made an up-and-down for bogey there.
“I told myself to forget about that bogey as bad shots are bound to happen. I managed to pick myself up and bounce back on the next hole where I made a 25-footer for birdie,” said the 26-year-old Poh.
Local hope Sukree Othman, Scotland’s James Byrne and Liu Yan-wei of China shared second place following respective rounds of 70, 68 and 73 at the PGM GlobalOne Championship, which is the ADT’s last stop in Malaysia this season.
The PGM GlobalOne Championship is the second ADT event to be reduced to 54 holes this season.
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:
137 – Johnson POH (SGP) 68 69
138 – Sukree OTHMAN (MAS) 68 70, LIU Yan-wei (CHN) 65 73, James BYRNE (SCO) 70 68
139 – Kasidit LEPKURTE (THA) 69 70, Panuwat MUENLEK (THA) 70 69
140 – Nattawat SUVAJANAKORN (THA) 69 71, Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 72 68, Nitithorn THIPPONG (THA) 73 67
141 – Pitipat PITIMANA-AREE (THA) 70 71, Donlaphatchai NIYOMCHON (THA) 73 68, Thepbodin AMARANAN (THA) 74 67, Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN) 73 68
142 – Marcus BOTH (AUS) 69 73, Steve LEWTON (ENG) 70 72, Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA) 73 69, Janne KASKE (FIN) 74 68, R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 71 71, Kemarol BAHARIN (MAS) 71 71, KOH Deng Shan (SGP) 73 69, Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORN (THA) 73 69, Ian ANDREW (INA) 70 72
143 – S. Murthy (MAS) 71 72, Atthaphon SRIBOONKAEW (THA) 73 70, Shariffuddin ARIFFIN (MAS) 71 72, Amir NAZRIN (MAS) 72 71
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.