ADT Finale: Peter stays ahead in Malaysia

Thu 04 Dec 2014

ADT Finale: Peter stays ahead in Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur, December 4: England’s Peter Richardson maintained his overnight lead with a battling even-par 71 in the second round of the season-ending PGM MIDF KLGCC Championship on Thursday.
The 30-year-old Richardson traded two birdies against as many bogeys at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club’s East course to preserve a one-shot advantage over Malaysia’s Rizal Amin (70) and Chinese Taipei’s Tseng Hong-sheng, who posted a 71 which included a quadruple bogey.
American Brett Munson stayed on track to earn an Asian Tour card with a fine 69 which put him just three behind the leader in the RM250,000 (approximately US$80,00) Asian Development Tour tournament, which is the final leg of the 2014 ADT season.
Munson, who won once earlier in the year, needs to hold on to his fifth position on the Order of Merit to gain ‘promotion’ onto the Asian Tour and his hopes were enhanced when sixth-ranked Arie Irawan of Malaysia missed the halfway cut despite a second round 70.
Brett Munson of the United States (web)England’s Grant Jackson, ranked seventh and needing a win to have a chance of breaking into the top-five, shot a 70 for tied 28th position to lie eight shots off the pace.
Seeking a second career title on the ADT, which is the gateway to the premier Asian Tour, Richardson did just enough to stay ahead of the pack heading into the final two rounds. “It was different to yesterday, which was stress free,” admitted the Englishman.
“I started well and then kind of lost my rhythm a little bit towards the back nine which was my front nine. It was a bit of a struggle and there were some tricky pins. I was in between clubs on some holes and it was tough to get close to the flags.
“I made a good save on my last hole for par and I guess I’m still in a good position. Hopefully I can get back to playing like yesterday. It’s a tricky course here when you don’t have your best golf,” added Richardson, who has a two-day total of five-under-par 137.
The 28-year-old Munson said he was feeling the pressure of maintaining his fifth position on the Order of Merit to secure an Asian Tour card for 2015.
“I’m trying to not pay attention to it but it’s hard not to,” said Munson, who posted five birdies against two bogeys.
“I’m trying to concentrate on my own game. It’s been hard as the players have been talking about it this week. I just try to ignore the chatting and concentrate on every shot. I hit it pretty good for most parts. When I hit some stray ones, I got away with it. Also had a couple of three putts which was irritating but overall, I’m fairly satisfied.”
After opening with a 75, Jackson produced a 70 to make the halfway cut which was set at 148 but he is eight shots back. “I’ll just have to keep pushing, that’s all I can do,” said the 33-year-old Jackson. “I was doing alright at two under and then bogeyed my second to last hole on the eighth hole.”
Local prospect Arie missed the halfway cut but salvaged some pride where he was five under over his closing six holes to post a 70, following a disappointing 85 in the first round.
“I will look at it positively. I’ve had a really good season,” said the 24-year-old Arie, who immediately signed up for the 2015 Asian Tour Qualifying School which will take place in Thailand next month.
“I didn’t reach my goal (of breaking into the top-five) but success doesn’t happen overnight. You have to fail before you succeed. I have hopes of doing well in Q-school. Hopefully I will make it through.
“I made a huge mistake of using a new driver yesterday. I went back to my old driver and I’ve always played good with it. I guess I was a bit greedy but I guess you learn from your mistakes.”
Thailand’s Annop Tangkamolprasert, one of the few remaining players who has a mathematical chance of breaking into the top-five, shot a 72 for tied 28th place while two others, Nils Floren of Sweden and Thailand’s Pijit Petchkasem, missed the halfway cut.
Since its inauguration in 2010, the ADT has grown from five events in the first year to a record 21 tournaments in 2014. The ADT has announced a provisional 2015 schedule of a minimum 17 tournaments with several more to be announced in due course. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading Second Round Scores
137: Peter RICHARDSON (Eng) 66-71
138: TSENG Hong-sheng (Tpe) 67-71, Rizal AMIN (Mas) 68-70
139: R. Nachimuthu (Mas) 73-66, Lindsay RENOLDS (Can) 70-69
140: Roberto GALLETTI (USA) 70-70, Nakarintra RATANAKUL (Tha) 67-73, Brett MUNSON (USA) 71-69, CHANG Tse-peng (Tpe) 70-70
141: Kevin MARQUES  (Aus) 72-69, Airil Rizman ZAHARI (Mas) 68-73, Mitsuhiko HASHIZUME (Jpn) 67-74
142: Abel TAM (Mas) 72-70, Kenneth DE SILVA (Mas) 72-70, Kemarol BAHARIN (Mas) 72-70, Piya SWANGARUNPORN (Tha) 73-69
About the Asian Development Tour
The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.