Saturday January 5, 2013
Sivachandhran leads but Danny steals show with brilliant 63
KUALA LUMPUR: S. Sivachandhran turned in another polished performance to shoot a five-under 66 to maintain his two-stroke lead in the second round of the PGM I&P Kinrara Classic at the Kinrara Golf Club.
On a day when the course yielded birdies rather generously and five of the top six players shot four-under or better, Siva held his game together sublimely to take sole possession of the lead on nine-under 133.
“I am happy with the way I am striking the ball,” said Siva. “The wet conditions are not really helpful, so it’s a case of really getting to grips with the conditions and playing as best as one can under the circumstances,” said Siva.
“The fairways were a bit drier today, which was good, and I got a real good start. I was five-under in the first nine. But I could not do better than even-par on the back nine. Still, I am pleased with my performance and now I must try and do the same for two more days.”
But it was Danny Chia who stole the show yesterday as he fired a brilliant eight-under 63 to move into second place on seven-under 135.
Had it not been for the preferred lies, due to the wet conditions and rain, Danny’s effort would have been the new course record.
Danny too was delighted with his performance, adding that he had worked on his back-swing during the close season and that things were “developing nicely”.
“With the course under so much water, I tried to condition myself mentally to deal with it ... it worked well today. Hopefully, I can continue with that,” said Danny.
The four-day RM150,000 tournament, the first of 33 events on the PGM Tour this season, ends tomorrow.
Leading second round scores: 133: S. Sivachandhran 67-66;
135: Danny Chia 72-63;
137: Mohd Nazri Mohd Zain 67-70;
138: Jeremiah Kim 71-67, Nicholas Fung 71-67;
139: Sukree Othman 72-67, Kemarol Baharin 70-69;
140: Shaaban Hussin 69-71, Alwarith Damian 73-67, Haziq Hamizan 70-70;
141: Rusli Johari 69-72;
142: Airil Rizman 71-71, Douglas Tobuse 74-68, Hans Jamil 69-73, Khor Kheng Hwai 69-73.