|Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour’s Development Qualifying School Circuit at Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort in Batu Gajah, Perak|
Rozi seizes early lead in Q-School event
Mohd Rozi Mat Jusoh shot the only under-par round on the opening day of the second leg of the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour’s Development Qualifying School Circuit at Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort in Batu Gajah, Perak today.
Played on the same course as the PGM Tour’s Clearwater Masters last week, Rozi’s one-under-par 71 effort gave him the lead by one stroke in the RM15,000 three-day event.
His round had three birdies, one on the front nine and another three coming down the homeward stretch.
However, three bogeys in a row from the 8th hole spoilt what was otherwise a determined performance from the pro, who later said he was nevertheless pleased with the outcome.
“I did my best and had a few chances at birdie. But that run of bogeys just before and just after the turn messed it up for me,” he added.
Amateur players Albright Chong Ming Soon and Muhammad Danial Faidz were joint second after matching 72s left them as the only other players to shoot par or better on a layout that proved difficult to master.
Mohd Thaznim Hamdan, also from the amateur ranks, did well to tie for fourth alongside Razli Yahya, Mohd Shanizam Mohagi and Ali Reza Khairuddin.
After struggle trying to find his rhythm early on, Thaznim birdied the 11th and then closed his round out birdie-birdie-birdie for an outstanding fight back.
In fact, he was one of only two players to birdie the troublesome par-3 17th hole that had half of the field bogey it or play it worse than that.
Leading First Round Scores
71 Mohd Rozi Mat Jusoh
72 Albright Chong Ming Soon (A), Muhammad Danial Faidz (A)
73 Mohd Thaznim Hamdan (A), Razli Yahya, Mohd Shanizam Mohagi, Ali Reza Khairuddin
74 Periyono Dolsalim
75 Mohd Aiman Mohd Nor (A)
77 Philip Tan
78 Mohd Firdaus Sabri (A)
79 Safaruddin Abdullah (A)
80 Sheikh Abdul Razak (A)
81 Muspra Hashim, Jaizan Tushan (A)