Danny Stretches His Lead
Malaysia’s top-gun moves four strokes clear at the top
Danny Chia stretched his lead at the top of the Leaderboard of the RM200,000 PGM Northport Glenmarie Masters at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in Shah Alam today to four strokes over American James Bowen.
The top-ranked Malaysian, Danny shot a 4-under 68 to go with his first day 67, which left him on 9-under 135 for the tournament. Bowen, for his part, followed up his 68 with a second round one-under 71 that gave him a 139 total.
A further two strokes back was another local hope Mohamad Azman Basharuddin who carded a two-under 70 for a 141 total and was tied for third with Englishman Grant Jackson (71), Chang Tse-Peng of Chinese Taipei (71) and Jakraphan Premsirigorn (68) of Thailand.
Reigning PGM Tour Order of Merit champion, Nicholas Fung, from Sabah, was joint seventh in a three-way tie with Korean Park Il-Hwan (71) and Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert (72) on 142.
Danny was in sparkling form again in his birdie hunt as he chalked up seven, only for three bogeys to somewhat spoil an otherwise excellent day’s golf.
In reference to his neck ailment, Danny said: “It’s getting better after my chiropractor helped me loosen it. It’s just bothering me a little bit when I’m playing.”
Turning to his game, he added: “My short game today was good and as you are bound to miss the greens here because it is very undulating, you really need a good short game to pull you through.”
Bowen, who won the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Masters two weeks ago, said: “I had two slipped ups but came back strongly with a couple of birdies. It was good to finish my round with a birdie. That was really good for my confidence and a great way to finish.”
Overall, there was a strong showing by Malaysia with nine players in the top-17 or ties. This augurs well for the home-based golfers in an event that is co-sanctioned by the Asian Development Tour and carries world ranking points.
In good weather conditions for the second round, there was a general feeling among some of the golfers that the greens played difficult and the course in general was not yielding as much as some thought it would have.
After his first round, Danny alluded to the fact that the greens were tough to dominate.
Meanwhile, the PGM Tour confirmed last night the Satellite Tour third leg would take place at Impian Golf & Country Club from March 26-28.
For more information, call: K.C. Chee 012-314 0152 or Didi 013-315 6617.
Leading Second Round Scores
135 Danny Chia (Mas) 67-68
139 James Bowen (US) 68-71
141 Mohamad Azman Basharuddin (Mas) 71-70, Grant Jackson (Eng) 70-71, Chang Tse-Peng (Tpe) 70-71, Jakraphan Premsirigorn (Tha) 73-68
142 Park Il-Hwan (Kor) 71-71, Pavit Tangkamolprasert (Tha) 70-72, Nicholas Fung (Mas) 73-69
143 S. Murthy (Mas) 70-73, Michael Bibat (Phi) 70-73, Iain Steel (Mas) 69-74
144 Pasamet Pogamnerd (Tha) 74-70, George Gandranata (Ina) 71-73, S. Sivachandhran (Mas) 73-71, Shaun Malone (Eng) 75-69145 M. Sasidaran (Mas) 74-71, Akhmal Tarmizee (Mas) 72-73, Kenneth De Silva (Mas) 69-76, 145 George Thacker (Eng) 71-74 Michael Moore (Aus) 74-71, Takashi Yokoyama