Patient Kang rewarded with 68 in Selangor

Fri 21 Jun 2013

Patient Kang rewarded with 68 in Selangor

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Selangor, Malaysia, June 21: Korean-American Anthony Kang produced his best result at the challenging Seri Selangor Golf Club with a solid three-under-par 68 in the early halfway stage of the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters on Friday.
Kang stayed patient on a tough scoring day and was rewarded with his best score at Seri Selangor, where he previously missed the cut in the 2008 edition after rounds of 78 and 78.
He traded five birdies against two bogeys for a one-under-par 141 total to move up the leaderboard at the RM1.2 million (approximately US$400,000) Asian Tour event.
Malaysian amateur Abel Tam and Shaaban Hussin were a further shot back alongside Unho Park of Australia, Javi Colomo of Spain and India’s Abhinav Lohan.
“I’ve been trying to avoid the big numbers. I feel like some of the guys like to take a gamble and hit the ball on the green when they get in trouble. But for me, I just chip it out and take my bogeys,” said Kang.
Kang has not hit top form since winning his biggest career title at the 2009 Maybank Malaysian Open but hopes his improved ball striking will turn his game around.
“My season has been a progress. I think I’m hitting better shots with my irons and my driver has gotten better. Obviously golf is more fun when you are doing well but it is a lot more fun for me this year compared to last year. Last year was zero fun, in fact, it was negative fun,” he said.
Local hope Shaaban recovered from an opening round 73 with a battling 69 to stay in the mix on his home course.
“I kept to my game plan and didn’t change anything to my game. You need to be patient on this course because the winning score won’t be that low. If I can putt well, then my score will be good,” said Shaaban.
“I felt that I had a lot of bad breaks out there. The course is very difficult and you get a lot of bounces on the fairways. Even when you hit a good shot, it doesn’t mean that you will be safely on the green. You can’t take anything for granted here,” he said.
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