Australia’s Jordan Sherratt set alight the day’s fireworks by carding a sparkling seven-under-par 64 to grab a share of the second round lead with Thailand’s Chanat Sakulpolphaisan at the PGM Nilai Springs Championship on Thursday.
Sherratt enjoyed a bogey-free round highlighted by seven birdies to sit alongside the Thai at the top of the leaderboard with their matching two-day total of nine-under-par 133 at the Nilai Springs Golf and Country Club.
New Zealand’s Sean Riordan signed for a 67 to take third place while England’s Chrsitopher Cannon and Thailand’s Wisut Artjanawat are tied for fourth on 136 at the RM200,000 (approx. US$50,000) ADT event, which is also the third last event on the region’s secondary circuit.
Sherratt quest for his first career title on the ADT remains on track after he made his swift move up the leaderboard by racing towards the turn with three birdies on holes 12,13 and 18 after starting off in the back-nine 10.
The Australian continued his birdie blitz with another two birdies on holes one and two before storming home with another two birdies in his last five holes.
“I gave myself lots of chances and I’m in a good position. I’ve been playing very solid and it showed in my score today. This is one of my best scores in a while.
“Tomorrow, I’m just going to go out there again and do what I’ve been today and hopefully, I’ll be in a good position again,” said Sherratt.
Chanat is also prepared to mount his title assault after signing for an improved 66 following his opening round 67.
The Thai fired six birdies to leave an impression on his card which was marred only by a lone bogey on the par-four fifth hole.
“It could have been a lower score if not for the bogey which I hit a bad shot. But other than that, it was a good day and I’m certainly excited to be heading into the final two rounds full of confidence,” said Chanat.
The PGM Nilai Springs Championship will be one of the remaining three events left on the ADT season for players to vie for a place in the top-five so as to secure their playing rights on the Asian Tour in 2016.
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.
The winner of the PGM Nilai Springs Championship will take home US$8,371 and receive six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com
Leading second round scores
133- Jordan SHERRATT (AUS) 69-64, Chanat SAKULPOLPHAISAN (THA) 67-66
135- Sean RIORDAN (NZL) 68-67
136- Wisut ARTJANAWAT (THA) 68-68, Christopher CANNON (ENG) 68-68
137- Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) 69-68
138- Mohd Iylia JAMIL (MAS) 67-71, Kenneth DE SILVA (MAS) 69-69
139- Ratchapol JANTAVARA (THA) 71-68, Hirotaro NAITO (JPN) 69-70, Johnson POH (SIN) 66-73, Casey O’TOOLE (USA) 69-70