Imperious display sees Fung race ahead

Nicholas Fung © ArepKulal

Jakarta: Nicholas Fung looked set to join S. Sivachandhran as the only Malaysian to have won on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) after coasting to a three-stroke lead at the conclusion of the second round of the inaugural US$50,000 Bii Maybank ADT Challenge on Friday.

The 22-year-old Sabahan carded a flawless four-under-par 68 for a two-day total of 10-under-par 134 to pull ahead of Filipino Jay Bayron at the Imperial Klub Golf. Bayron closed with an eagle-three on the par-five ninth to move up to second place on 68 while local hope Benny Kasiadi of Indonesia signed for a 69 to take third place on 138.

Singapore’s Mitchell Slorach posted a 69 to secure fourth place while five players which include Chinese Taipei’s Chiang Chen-chih, Australia’s Unho Park and Tim Stewart, India’s Ajeetesh Sandhu and Sri Lanka’s Anura Rohana are tied for fifth on 140.

Fung, who took the opening round lead with a 66, dispelled the myth that Friday the 13th is a day of bad luck with another commanding performance which was highlighted by birdies on holes four, five, eight and 15.

“I’m very happy with how I’ve played today as it was very windy. I managed to hit the ball well and only missed a couple of short putts,” said Fung. “There’s always going to be pressure especially when you head into the third and final round with the lead. I’ll try to do my best and hopefully the result will come,” he added.

Leading second round scores
134 – Nicholas Fung (MAS) 66-68
137 – Jay Bayron (PHI) 69-68
138 – Benny Kasiadi (INA) 69- 69
139 – Mitchell Slorach (SIN) 70-69
140 – Ajeetesh Sandhu (IND) 72-68, Chiang Chen-Chih (TPE) 67-73, Unho Park (AUS) 69-71, Anura Rohana (SRI) 69-71, Tim Stewart (AUS) 70-70