Lascuna springs a surprise in Malaysia

Fri 18 Apr 2014

Lascuna springs a surprise in Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur, April 18: Filipino veteran Antonio Lascuna emerged as the surprise second round clubhouse leader at the Maybank Malaysian Open after shooting the lowest morning round score of seven-under-par 65 on Friday.
The jovial 43-year-old carded eight birdies from inside 15 feet against one bogey for a nine-under-par 135 at the demanding Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club West Course.
Danny Willet of England shot a 66 to stay a further shot back while Julien Quesne of France and Englishman Andy Sullivan posted a 69 and 67 respectively to tie on 137 at the US$2.75 million event which is jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Lascuna surprised even himself when he turned in five-under-par 31 before going on to add three more birdies on his homeward nine at the venue where he enjoyed very little success in five appearances. His best result at the Maybank Malaysian Open was tied 20th in 2012.
“Honestly, I didn’t expect to shoot this score because this course is a very long golf course for me. My goal was to shoot one or two-under on each day but after nine holes I was five-under! It was amazing. I just continued my form from there,” smiled the Filipino.
“I was hitting it really good and close to the pin. After 17 holes I was like ‘wow’. Maybe now I can aim for a pair of three-unders in the weekend,” said Lascuna.
His decision to stop playing golf for a month in December to recuperate from a back injury has started to pay dividends as he contends for his first Asian Tour victory, a week after winning a tournament in the Philippines.
“I’m happy with my form now. I struggled with a back injury last year but I’m fully recovered. I won in the Philippines and I had a couple of good results. Now I’m happy to be on top the leaderboard among all these good players,” said Lascuna.
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