Floren blooms with a 63 at the PGM LADA Langkawi Masters

Thu 25 Apr 2013

Floren blooms with a 63 at the PGM LADA Langkawi Masters

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Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia, April 25: Nils Floren of Sweden shot his career’s best score of nine-under-par 63 to take the opening round lead at the PGM LADA Langkawi Masters on Thursday.
Jame Byrne of Scotland, a former Walker Cup star, and newcomer Malcolm Kokocinski of Sweden were a further shot back on matching 64s at the RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
Nicholas Fung was the best placed Malaysian placed fourth after posting a 66 at the Gunung Raya Golf Resort.
Floren, who is playing in his second year in Asia, took advantage of his sweet-hitting iron play and was rewarded with nine birdies from inside 15 feet. He earned an Asian Tour card at Qualifying School last year but failed to retain his playing rights for the new season.
“There was nothing special going on but I was never in trouble. It was a normal round but I hit my irons well and gave myself chances. This is my best score and I had a lot of fun on the course,” said the 23-year-old, who is searching for a first professional win.
“I have an old friend caddying for me this week and it was great. I wasn’t very down on myself when I lost my Asian Tour card last year because I feel that I’m fairly young and I’m happy to play professional golf as a career,” said Floren.
Byrne, who won the season-opening PGM CCM Rahman Putra Masters in February, bounced back into form with a more relaxed approach.
“Maybe the reason why I play so well on the ADT is because I feel more relaxed. I guess I need to maintain this relaxed attitude when I’m playing on the Asian Tour,” said Byrne, who earned his Tour card in Qualifying School in Thailand earlier this year.
“I haven’t been playing quite as well since winning at Rahman Putra because the standard on the Asian Tour is so much higher. I guess I have to take this approach with me onto the main Tour next time,” he said.
The PGM LADA Langkawi Masters is jointly sanctioned with the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour and will offer Official World Golf Ranking points, which will be used to select players for the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro in 2016.
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Pos.-Par+NameNat.Score
1-9Nils FLORENSWE63
2=-8James BYRNESCO64
2=-8Malcolm KOKOCINSKISWE64
4-6Nicholas FUNGMAS66
5=-5Wasin SRIPATTRANUSORNTHA67
5=-5Anthony KANGUSA67
7=-4Pasavee LERTVILAITHA68
7=-4Mitsuhiko HASHIZUMEJPN68
7=-4LEE Shih-hungTPE68
7=-4Ben CAMPBELLNZL68
7=-4HSIEH Tung-shuTPE68
12=-3Michael MOOREAUS69
12=-3Lindsay RENOLDSCAN69
12=-3Darren TANAUS69
15=-2Shaaban HUSSINMAS70
15=-2Chris CAREYAUS70
15=-2YANG Fei-haoTPE70
15=-2Nicholas PUAMAS70
15=-2George GANDRANATAINA70
15=-2Hans JAMILMAS70
15=-2Adam BLYTHAUS70
15=-2R. NachimuthuMAS70
15=-2David PALMSWE70
15=-2LAM Chih BingSIN70
15=-2Ian KEENANENG70
26=-1Zen DHARMARATNEMAS71
26=-1KIM Leun-kwangMAS71
26=-1Iain STEELMAS71
26=-1Masato WATANABEJPN71
26=-1Quincy QUEKSIN71
26=-1Clarke LUTTONSCO71
26=-1Sam CYRUSA71
26=-1Mohd. Nazri MOHD ZAINMAS71
26=-1Nick PUGHENG71
26=-1Grant JACKSONENG71
26=-1Timothy LOWSIN71
26=-1Sukree OTHMANMAS71
26=-1Airil Rizman ZAHARIMAS71
26=-1LAM ZhiqunSIN71
26=-1Dan SUZUKIJPN71
26=-1Irfan YUSOFFMAS71
42=ParS. Siva ChandhranMAS72
42=ParClement RAMEAUXFRA72
42=ParHaziq HAMIZANMAS72
42=ParArie FAUZIMAS72
42=ParJordan SHERRATTAUS72
42=ParMohd Iylia JAMILMAS72
42=ParFaiz DAMITBRU72
49=1Joe FEATHERENG73
49=1CHANG Yao-pinTPE73
49=1Marc KAWASOESIN73
49=1Adam NOVAKUSA73
49=1Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORNTHA73
49=1Tony LAMMAS73
49=1Man O IMUSA73
49=1Rahizam RAMLIMAS73
49=1Blake MCGRORYAUS73
49=1Daniel BRINGOLFAUS73
59=2Hendre Izak CELLIERSRSA74
59=2Shaifubari MUDAMAS74
59=2CHAE Bum-geunKOR74
59=2Yuki USAMIJPN74
59=2Farhan SYARIFMAS74
59=2CHANG Tse-PengTPE74
59=2James BOWENUSA74
59=2FAN CHIANG Hao ChuanTPE74
67=3Matthew MCBAINAUS75
67=3Yuzo ICHIKAWAJPN75
67=3S. MurthyMAS75
67=3Jonathan WONGMAS75
67=3Keegan KAMMAS75
67=3Wilson CHOOMAS75
67=3James MCMILLANAUS75
67=3Takuya YAMAUCHIJPN75
67=3P.GunasegaranMAS75
67=3Dean GULTULATHA75
67=3ONG Jay MandMAS75
78=4Spencer SHISHIDOUSA76
78=4Daniel NGMAS76
78=4M. SasidaranMAS76
78=4Amir MADANIUSA76
78=4George THACKERENG76
78=4Muhammad Al-WarithMAS76
78=4PARK Jin-WooKOR76
78=4KOH Deng ShanSIN76
86=5Mohamad Azman BASHARUDINMAS77
86=5Matthew TWEDDELLENG77
86=5CHONG Lip-shienNED77
86=5Faridil ATRASMAS77
86=5Masaru TAKAHASHIJPN77
86=5Farid RASHIDMAS77
86=5Rashid ISMAILMAS77
86=5CHOU Hung-nanTPE77
86=5Rizal AMINMAS77
86=5Iqbal YUSOFFMAS77
96=7Derek MCKENZIESCO79
96=7Mohd Sophee YAACOBMAS79
988ONG Jay VieMAS80
99=9Terence COUTINHOPOR81
99=9Mohd Musa FAKIRMAS81
99=9V. ArumugamMAS81
10210Muhammad AZRYMAS82
10311Mohamad Danial MUKTIMAS83
10414Jared LIMSIN86
105-Nazarudin TALIBMASRTD

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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 Nationwide 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 three players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. The ADT will also receive Official World Golf Ranking points from 2013.