Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit leader Casey O’Toole continued his fine form in the second round of the PGM MIDF KLGCC Championship, which was suspended due to inclement weather on Thursday.
After having his opening round disrupted by heavy rain, O’Toole returned in the morning to complete his remaining 10 holes before signing for a six-under-par 65 to share the first round lead with local hope M. Sasidaran at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club’s East course.
The 25-year-old American was standing at seven-under through 16 holes while overnight leader Sasidaran has yet to tee off when thunderstorms brought play to a halt at 3.05pm local time at the RM200,000 (approximately US$50,000) ADT event.
“The game is good. I played well yesterday. I got off to a great start (yesterday) where I made three birdies and one eagle to get to five-under in four holes starting from the fourth. Today, I was just trying to pick up from where I left off. The course is in a great condition,” said O’Toole, who had chipped in from 50 feet for an eagle-three on sixth in his opening round.
Greg Moss, also of the United States, produced a sparkling back nine 29 for a commendable 66 to share the second round clubhouse lead with Thai duo Ratchapol Jantavara (69) and Pijit Petchkasem (70) on five-under-par 137 total.
Thailand’s Nattapong Putta posted a 69 to trail the trio by two shots while local hotshot Nicholas Fung signed for a second straight 70 to stay a further shot back on 140 in what is the penultimate stop on the 2015 ADT schedule.
A total of 102 players will return at 7.30am on Friday to complete the second round at the PGM MIDF KLGCC Championship with the third round not starting before 2.00pm.
With the Olympic Games looming in 2016 where golf will be reintroduced as a medal sport, players in the region could earn their spots in Rio de Janeiro by earning Official World Golf Ranking points through the Asian Tour and ADT.
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Leading first round scores:
65 – M. Sasidaran (MAS), Casey O’TOOLE (USA)
67 – Poom SAKSANSIN (THA), Ajeetesh SANDHU (IND), Pijit PETCHKASEM (THA), SamCYR (USA), Janne KASKE (FIN)
68 – Sukree OTHMAN (MAS), GOH Kun Yang (SIN), Lion GOH (MAS), Shariffuddin ARIFFIN (MAS), Ratchapol JANTAVARA (THA), Oskar ARVIDSSON (SWE)