Masaru Takahashi of Japan strung together a series of four successive birdies to finish joint top of the leaderboard after the second round of the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour’s Terengganu Championship today.
The 28-year-old, who shot an opening round with an even-par 71, carded a four-under 67 at Resorts World Kijal today, for a share of the lead with American Shane Smith (70) and Thailand’s Panuwat Muenlek (68). They were bunched on four-under-par 138 total.
Finland’s Janne Kaske, Australian Jack Munro and Thailand’s Atthaphon Sriboonkaew were a stroke back on 139 in fourth, having signed for rounds of 67, 70 and 71.
Danny Chia was the top-placed Malaysian, in a share of seventh place after a second 70, alongside Canada’s Lindsay Renolds (73), Itthipat Buranatanyarat (72) and Jordan Sherratt (68) of Australia. The trio were two-under 140.
Pavit Tangkamolprasert, also of Thailand and the defending champion, shot a 69 and was joint 22nd place. Meanwhile, overnight leader Rory Hie of Indonesia finished the day joint 11th after a 75.
In an event co-sanctioned with the Asian Development Tour and one that carries prize money worth RM200,000, Masaru said: “I am happy with the way I played today.
“The course is playing tough but it was not that windy this morning as it was in the afternoon so I guess I was fortunate to be in the morning session today.”
Masaru, who was a PGM Tour winner at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club a couple of years ago, added: “I’m comfortable with my game at the moment and I am confident of doing better over the last two rounds here.
“I will concentrate on what I have been doing and we will see how it goes. Hopefully I can finish the job and win this week,” added the player who said he was working at Seri Selangor Golf Club in KL last week.
Leading second round scores:
138 Shane Smith (Usa) 68-70, Masaru Takahashi (Jpn) 71-67, Panuwat Muenlek (Tha) 70-68
139 Janne Kaske (Fin) 72-67, Jack Munro (Aus) 69-70, Atthaphon Sriboonkaew (Tha) 68-71
140 Itthipat Buranatanyarat (Ha) 68-72, Danny Chia (Mas) 70-70, Jordan Sherratt (Aus) 72-68, Lindsay Renolds (Can) 67-73
141 Takuya Fuji (Jpn) 69-72, Rory Hie (Ina) 66-75, Lam Chih Bing (Sin) 72-69, Abel Tam (Mas) 71-70, James Byrne (Sco) 73-68