ADT: Malaysia's Iylia seizes outright lead in Johor

Thu 22 May 2014

ADT: Malaysia's Iylia seizes outright lead in Johor

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia, May 23: Local hope Iylia Jamil matched his opening round efforts of a five-under-par 67 to take the outright halfway lead at the PGM Johor Championship on Friday.
Iylia, who returned on Friday morning to complete his second round, compiled a two-day total of 10-under-par 134 to stay three shots ahead of Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert and Australia’s Jack Munro at the Johor Golf and Country Club.
Reigning Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit winner Nicholas Fung of Malaysia, compatriots Danny Chia and Khor Kheng Hwai, Singapore’s Mardan Mamat and Konozuke Nakazato of Japan shared fourth place on 139 at the RM200,000 (approximately US$60,000) ADT event.
Play was suspended on Thursday due to inclement weather. A total of 51 players returned at 7.30am on Friday to complete their second rounds.
The halfway cut was set at two-over-par with 60 players advancing into the final two rounds.
Iylia took advantage of a hot putter for a flawless round highlighted by one eagle and three birdies.
The eagle-three on 11 was especially sweet for the Malaysian as it capped a fantastic round for him.
Standing some 220 yards away from the pin, Iylia drove his approach well with a hydrid 20 where the ball would land within inches of the cup for an easy tap-in.
“This is the first time I’ve led the first two rounds. I’m feeling really excited now. I hope to keep up with my good form for the next two rounds,” said the 23-year-old Malaysian.
“I putted really well today and my wedge-play is good too. I’m hitting a lot of fairways as well. I’ve been working on my swing with my coach for the past two years. It’s good to see some good results,” added Iylia.
Pavit, who claimed his maiden ADT win in Jakarta earlier in January, put himself in position for another title assault after getting off to a hot start. He admits that the rains delays and early morning calls have made him tired.
“This is the first time I’ve had six birdies in a row! It is a challenging course and you get tired easily out there. I played a total of 24 holes and I got tired on the back nine where I dropped two shots. There are a lot of slopes here and it drains your energy,” said the 25-year-old Pavit.
“My game was in a good shape after I won my first ADT title which gave me a lot of confidence. However, I started to struggle with my mental game over the last three weeks. I just can’t play the way I want. I’m glad to be able to play well again,” he added.
Munro, who earned his 2014 Asian Tour card through the Qualifying School earlier this year, credited his aggressive approach for putting him in a good position to contend in the next two rounds.
“I’ve been playing really aggressively. I will stick to the same game plan and hopefully I can do better in the next two rounds. It has been kind of rough for me on the Asian Tour so I hope to do well on the ADT to gain experience and sharpen my game,” said Munro, who returned with a bogey-free round highlighted by five birdies.
EurAsia Cup star Fung battled with a stiff neck as he kept chase for a second ADT victory.
“I’m still recovering from my stiff neck which has been bothering me for the last few weeks. I took last week off to rest. Hopefully I can get well soon,” said the 24-year-old Fung.
Singapore’s Quincy Quek shot a remarkable hole-in-one with a six-iron from 185 yards on the seventh hole to charge into contention after making his first cut in three appearances on the ADT this season.
“I’m playing with no expectations this week. I’m playing good so far, especially with my hole-in-one. I’ve got one hole-in-one every year for the past four years. Good to add another one to my record this year,” said the Singaporean, who will receive RM1,000 from the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour for his ace.
Working in close partnership with the PGM Tour, a total of 12 events will feature on this season’s ADT Schedule, giving Malaysian players a big incentive in chasing for a place on the region’s main Tour.
The ADT, which was launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011, 13 in 2012 and a record 16 in the 2013 season, has established itself as a gateway to the Asian Tour.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading second round scores
134 – Mohd Iylia JAMIL (MAS) 67-67
137 – Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 69-68, Jack MUNRO (AUS) 70-67
139 – Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 68-71, Konosuke NAKAZATO (JPN) 68-71, Danny CHIA (MAS) 67-72, Mardan MAMAT (SIN) 69-70, KHOR Kheng Hwai (MAS) 71-68
140 – Annop TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 68-72, Quincy QUEK (SIN) 70-70, LAM Chih Bing (SIN) 67-73, Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 71-69
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.