Duo Seize Clubhouse Lead

Thu 22 Oct 2009

Duo Seize Clubhouse Lead


Johor Bahru, Malaysia, October 22: Thailand’s Chinnarat Phadungsil and Mark Purser of New Zealand made a spirited start to take the early clubhouse lead at the weather interrupted Iskandar Johor Open on Thursday.

Chinnarat, who holds the distinction of being the youngest winner on the Asian Tour, posted a four-under-par 68 that was matched by Purser at the US$1 million full field Asian Tour event at the Royal Johor Country Club.

Malaysia’s Danny Chia, Gaganjeet Bhullar of India and defending champion Retief Goosen of South Africa were among the 10 players bunched in tied third position on 69.

Play was suspended at noon for about three hours due to inclement weather and only resumed at approximately 3 p.m.

Starting on the 10th tee, Chinnarat started his round with two birdies on the 11th and 13th holes before carding a double bogey on the 17th hole when his approach shot landed in the water.

Chinnarat recovered brilliantly with another birdie on the 18th hole to make the turn in 35. He continued his impressive form with further birdies on one, two and six.

Purser welcomed a return to form when he holed a 20 feet putt on his first hole for birdie which set him on his way to another five birdies against two bogeys.

The New Zealander did well to maintain his momentum when he chipped in from the edge of the green for birdie on the 12th hole.

Note: Full report and results to follow upon completion of play approximately 7.30pm Singapore/HK/KL time. Live scoring on www.asiantour.com