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Thai teen Denwit Boriboonsub and Malaysia's Amir Nazrin share halfway lead at PKNS Selangor Masters
Thai teenager Denwit Boriboonsub and Malaysia's Amir Nazrin will head into the final 36 holes of the PKNS Selangor Masters tied for the lead on five-under-par.
Boriboonsub carded a second round one-under-par 70 while Amir signed in a 72 in the USD150,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event at Seri Selangor Golf Club. The duo are one shot ahead of another Malaysian, Edven Ying (71), Australia's Jack Murdoch (68) and Singapore's Gregory Foo (68).
"I was driving the ball pretty well and my approach and putting were OK, but I made some mistakes on the course. I'll play aggressively over the last two rounds," said Boriboonsub, who had opened his campaign with a 67.
"The golf course is very challenging because the fairways are tight and the greens are firm and fast," added the 18-year-old, who turned professional last year and is ranked 12th on the 2022 ADT Order of Merit.
Amir had led the first round after a superb 65, but found the going much tougher today with an afternoon start. "It was a difficult day because it was windy and hot, and the greens were firm and quick," said the 25-year-old, who grew up playing the Seri Selangor course.
Amir noted that he will be sticking to his strategy of using a 3-iron off the tees. "I'll just stay patient and try my best. I hope my putter will not be cold like today, when I kept lipping it out," he said.
Foo meanwhile carded an excellent 68 in the tough conditions, buoyed by an eagle at the par-five fifth hole when he hit a 7-iron from 160 metres to five feet of the pin.
"I'm very happy with my round as the course is playing quite tricky and there were some tough pin positions. I hit the ball well and gave myself quite a few chances," said Foo, who was a member of the Singapore team that won the SEA Games gold medal at The Mines in 2017.
Rising Malaysian talent Shahriffuddin Ariffin added a 72 to his opening 67 to lie sixth on three-under-par, one clear of veteran compatriot Danny Chia (70) and American Van Thomas (70). Shahriffuddin is currently in seventh place on the ADT Order of Merit and will be looking for a good finish here to secure his Asian Tour card for 2023 as one of the top 10 on the final season rankings.
Jointly sanctioned with the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour, this is the 13th tournament of the 2022 ADT season and will be followed by the Saudi Open at Riyadh Golf Club in Saudi Arabia (December 8-10) and the season-ending Taifong Open in Chinese Taipei (December 22-25). The Selangor Masters was inaugurated in 2008 as an Asian Tour event and was last staged in 2014 when Thailand's Chapchai Nirat won at Seri Selangor.
Leading Round 2 Scores:
137 - Denwit Boriboonsub (THA) 67-70, Amir Nazrin (MAS) 65-72
138 - Edven Ying (MAS) 67-71, Jack Murdoch (AUS) 70-68, Gregory Foo (SIN) 70-68
139 - Shahriffuddin Ariffin (MAS) 67-72
140 - Danny Chia (MAS) 70-70, Van Thomas (USA) 70-70
141 - Lloyd Jefferson Go (PHI) 68-73, Ira Alido (PHI) 74-67