"Que, Prom chase early leader Holman #MaybankChampionship"

Thu 18 Feb 2016

"Que, Prom chase early leader Holman #MaybankChampionship"

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Kuala Lumpur, February 18: Australian Nathan Holman fired a flawless seven-under-par 64 to open up an early one-shot lead over Filipino Angelo Que in the inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia on Thursday.
The 24-year-old Holman needed only 27 putts, including nine one-putts, at the Royal Selangor Golf Club  to lead in the US$3 million event jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
180216_MMC_Angelo Que (PHI) 18The colourful Que also sank seven birdies but a lone bogey on the 16th hole saw him trail the early leader in his quest for a fourth Asian Tour title.
Thailand’s Prom Meesawat, Korean star K.T. Kim and England’s Richard Bland are a further shot back following cards of 66s while last week’s winner Thitiphun Chuayprakong of Thailand and Gagangjeet Bhullar of India fired 67s to get into the early mix.
The afternoon session is still on-going.
Holman, who has featured on the Asian Tour over the past two seasons, was rock steady and when he found trouble, he got up-and-down on four occasions to keep the bogeys off the card at Royal Selangor.
There're a lot of chances still but you get in the rough and it can really grab you, so seven under, I'm really happy with that,” he said.
“I just played really well. Every part of my game was quite good and I was saying a few weeks ago that my game has been trending in that right direction so it was nice to get a really good one in.”
Que, decked in bright orange and fluorescent yellow apparel, also enjoyed a good day on the greens, needing only 25 putts to give himself a chance of ending a nearly six-year title drought.
180216_MMC_Prom Meesawat (THA) 04“I holed a lot of putts and that’s what you need to do in a tournament, especially on this course. I did that today. It is hard to hit it close if you miss the fairways. Luckily for me, I read the lines and holed my putts,” said Que, who is nicknamed the “Human Highlighter” for his bright sense of dressing.
“I like old style layouts where you have to work the ball a little bit. The course isn’t that long and I like that. Malaysia has been good to me. I played well a lot here in Malaysia in the past 14 years,” added the Filipino, whose last victory was in the country in 2010.
The 31-year-old Prom conceded he got lucky en route to his six-birdie round as he trailed leader Holman by two shots.
“I didn’t expect to shoot five-under because I didn’t hit it as good as I did during the practice round. I started with birdie, birdie and tried to find the fairway. You must hit a lot of greens here and find fairways to have a good score,” said Prom.
“I’m not in very good form at the moment but I hit the driver so well today and that’s the key to a good score on this course. After I made two birdies, I put myself in a very comfortable position. From there I kept playing well and I felt relaxed.”