Friday January 11, 2013
Mardan sizzles with a 66 to keep lead in Sabah
KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore’s Mardan Mamat (pic) produced a superb five-under 66 to keep the lead in the second round of the Sabah Masters at the Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club.
Mardan, who shot a four-under 67 on the opening day, is three shots ahead of Filipino Antonio Lascuna, who had a two-under 69 yesterday.
The Sabah Masters is the final event of the 2012-2013 Asean PGA Tour season.
A stroke further back is Malaysian Nicholas Fung and Thailand’s Somkiat Srisanga, who carded rounds of 65 and 68 respectively.
Sabahan Nicholas leads the Asean PGA Tour Order of Merit and, after his fine second round which comprised six birdies, is on the cusp of securing top spot.
Mamat, 45, started the day tied for the lead with Lascuna but took sole control of the event by birdying his first three holes.
The Singaporean No. 1 started on the 10th and made another birdie on the 14th. He dropped shots on the 15th and 18th but then toured the next nine in three-under.
“I made an amazing start and that gave me a lot of confidence,” said Mamat. “You need to keep the ball in the fairway off the tee here and that’s one of the things I did well.
“It’s hard to stop the ball on the greens, so you need a good lie for approach shots.”
Malaysian amateur Arie Fauzi seems to be enjoying his time in the Sabah Masters as well.
The 22-year-old, who is studying at the University of Tulsa on a golf scholarship, fired a 68 yesterday to be in sole possession of seventh spot on one-under.
“It was a little windy but I’m used to it, having played under similar conditions in Tulsa,” said Fauzi, who plans to play in this year’s Maybank Malaysian Open as an amateur before deciding whether to turn professional.
Leading second round scores
(Malaysian unless stated)
133: Mardan Mamat (Sin) 67-66; 136: Antonio Lascuna (Phi) 67-69; 137: Somkiat Srisanga (Tha) 69-68, Nicholas Fung 72-65; 139: S Sivachandran 71-68; 140: Rufino Bayron (Phi) 70-70; 141: Arie Fauzi (am) 73-68; 142: Pasavee Lertvilai (Tha) 71-71, Marvin Dumandan (Phi) 70-72, Annop Tangkamolprasert (Tha) 70-72, Danny Chia 69-73, Wisut Artjanawat (Tha) 73-69, Anthony Fernando (Phi) 72-70; 143: Jhonnel Ababa (Phi) 72-71, R. Nachimuthu 72-71, Pijit Petchkasem (Tha) 71-72.