Overnight leader Ben Leong retained a share of the top spot after the second round of the inaugural RM180,000 Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Taiping Closed Championship at Taiping Golf & Country Club today after carding a three-under 68.

M. Sasidaran, who fired a five-under 67 to climb to nine-under-par at the halfway stage of the tournament, joined the 29-year-old Sabah pro atop the leaderboard on 135.

On a day when the tournament was interrupted by heavy rain shortly after 1 o’clock and the player still able to post decent scores, in part due to playing with preferred lies.

Nicholas Fung also shot a five-under and moved up to third place on seven-under 137.

With the soft conditions good for scoring low, Anis Hassan had a 70 that left him in a fourth place another stroke back, while R. Nachimuthu signed for a 69 and fifth spot on 139.

Sasidaran‚Äôs round was blurred by two bogeys ‚Äď on the par-3 4th¬†and 17th¬†holes, which were offset by seven birdies, four on the front nine and three on the homeward stretch.¬†It was telling performance by a player who is due a good finish on Tour and it left him to say: ‚ÄúI played well today and hit the ball solidly. I made a couple of mistakes but also made some good iron shots into the greens, where I putt not too bad. Hopefully it can continue as I try to finish the tournament strongly.‚ÄĚ
Leading Second Round Scores

135 M. Sasidaran 68-67, Ben Leong 66-69

137 Nicholas Fung 70-67

138 Anis Hassan 68-70

139 R. Nachimutu 70-69

140 Lam Yu Shuen 68-72

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