ADT: Green seizes halfway lead in Manila

Thu 14 Apr 2016

ADT: Green seizes halfway lead in Manila

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Manila, April 14: Malaysia’s rising star Gavin Green carded a solid six-under-par 65 to grab the halfway clubhouse lead by one-shot at the weather-disrupted ICTSI Manila Southwoods Championship on Thursday.
gavin green 3 Gavin Green of Malaysia
The big-hitting Green, who opened his campaign with a 66, fired seven birdies against a lone bogey to stay ahead of the chasing pack on 11-under-par 131 total at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club’s legends course.
American John Jackson returned with a 64 to share second place with overnight co-leader Mhark Fernando of the Philippines and Thailand’s Pijit Petchkasem, who signed for 67 and 66 respectively, at the US$60,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
Singapore’s Koh Deng Shan (64) and American Baxter Reeves (66) shared fifth on 134 while local hotshot Miguel Tabuena, highest ranked player in 110th on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), stayed seven shots off the pace in tied-14th position following a 66.
Play was suspended at 2.20pm local time due to lightning threats before resuming two hours later. It was later abandoned for the day at 6.17pm due to fading light.
A total of 25 players will resume their rounds at 6.30am on Friday morning with the penultimate round scheduled to start not before 8.00am. The halfway cut is projected to be at even-par 142 with the top 50 players and ties advancing into the final two rounds.
Green, chasing for a third ADT victory and first outside of Malaysia, was pleased to hole a 15-footer for birdie on the last to grab the outright lead by one shot heading into the next two rounds.
“I played solid again. I stuck to my game plan and made some putts today which helped a lot. I stayed consistent out there. The highlight was probably making that birdie putt on the last in fading light!” said the 22-year-old Green.
John Jackson of the United States John Jackson of the United States
“I will continue to stick to my game plan. Nothing changes. It’s always good to be at the top but there are still two more rounds to go,” added Green, who holds the record of being the first amateur to win on the ADT in 2014.
Jackson, playing in only his fifth start on ADT, is upbeat about his prospects after capping his best round so far on the region’s burgeoning Tour.
Jackson was even-par through five holes before sinking four straight birdies from the sixth to turn in 32. After a birdie on 11 and a bogey on 12, he nailed three birdies in-a-row from 13 to put himself in contention for a breakthrough ADT win.
“I drove the ball really well. The greens here are so good. I putted well today too considering that I didn’t practice before the round. I sank a 30-footer on the 15 to make it three birdies in-a-row which was great. I was able to keep to my momentum out there,” said the 28-year-old American, who turned professional in 2013.
Like all other ADT events, the ICTSI Manila Southwoods Championship will offer Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points, which will be key for players vying to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Ends.
Leading second round results:
131 – Gavin GREEN (MAS) 66-65
132 – John JACKSON (USA) 68-64, Mhark FERNANDO (PHI) 65-67, Pijit PETCHKASEM (THA) 66-66
134 – KOH Deng Shan (SIN) 70-64, Baxter REEVES (USA) 68-66
135 – Pannakorn UTHAIPAS (THA) 66-69, Suradit YONGCHAROENCHAI (THA) 67-68
136 – Tirawat KAEWSIRIBANDIT (THA) 71-65, Zanie Boy GIALON (PHI) 67-69, Donlaphatchai NIYOMCHON (THA) 69-67
137 – Ekthumrong LUANGANURUK (THA) 68-69, Poom SAKSANSIN (THA) 68-69
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.