"SapuraKencana Rd 2 report, Results, Tee Times"

Wed 21 Sep 2016

"SapuraKencana Rd 2 report, Results, Tee Times"

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Rd 2 Results, Rd 3 Tee Times


September 21, Kuala Lumpur: Gavin Green, Khor Kheng Hwai and title holder Ben Leong kept up their chase for a spot in the CIMB Classic after sharing the second round lead at the RM150,000 SapuraKencana National Classic on Wednesday.
Green, Leong and Khor, who posted a 73, 72 and 71 respectively, are the only players in the red on three-under-par 141 as they head into the final 18 holes at the TPC Kuala Lumpur, West Course.
Low Khai Jei and Mohd Zurie Harun moved up the leaderboard to tied fourth place after posting identical 70s as they trail the leaders by five shots in the three-day tournament.
The 22-year-old Green, who represented Malaysia in the Olympics last month, was disappointed not to take advantage of his overnight lead as he struggled with a cold putter and returned with 17 pars and one bogey.
“I’m not happy but I will take the positives. I hit about 13 greens today but I missed every putt for birdie. To be honest, it could have been worst if I didn’t stay patient. You have to be composed on this course even if the results do not work in your favour. I did that and I’m still in contention with 18 holes to play,” said Green.
Leong, a winner on the Asian Tour, stayed on track to qualify for the CIMB Classic for the second straight year when he marked his card with one birdie against one bogey.
The Sabahan is eyeing for a successful title defence and a swift return to the lucrative CIMB Classic which is sanctioned by the PGA TOUR and Asian Tour from October 20 to 23.
“Anything in the red on this course is always good. The course is not playing easy and it felt like I shot a 62,” said Leong. “What mattered today is how I saved my score. I was putting so well yesterday but today my putter went cold. Tomorrow, it is just me against the golf course. I can’t control what others do so I’ll only focus on my game.”
Khor will be hoping to be third time lucky after coming close to qualifying for the CIMB Classic in the last two editions. He was defeated by Danny Chia in the 2014 edition in a play-off and was in contention last year before finishing in tied sixth place.
“It was devastating when I lost to Danny in 2014,” Khor recalled. “I was two shots ahead with two holes to play and Danny birdied the last two holes to force a play-off which I lost. It was disappointing but now I have another chance to qualify for the CIMB Classic.”
“I’m hitting my irons good but making silly mistakes out of frustration. That’s what happens when you lose your cool on the course. I’ve learnt from my past mistakes and I hope my third time will be a charm!” said Khor.
As the FedExCup Playoffs wrap up this weekend at the TOUR Championship, three of the top five players in the standings heading into the final event have committed to play at this year’s CIMB Classic; Patrick Reed (2nd), Adam Scott (3rd) and Paul Casey (5th). All three are guaranteed the FedExCup this week if they can secure victory at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia.
The CIMB Classic 2016, now in its seventh year, will feature a 78-player elite field, comprising 60 from the PGA TOUR, 10 from the Asian Tour and eight sponsor’s exemptions. The PGA TOUR player commitment deadline for the tournament is 21 September 2016.
The CIMB Classic, which is also co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Professional Golf Association of Malaysia is part of the PGA TOUR’s season-long FedExCup competition. Malaysia will have two representatives – the winner of the SapuraKencana National Classic and the highest ranked Malaysian golfer in the OWGR as at 11 October 2016.
SapuraKencana National Qualifier has changed its name to SapuraKencana National Classic this year as part of its elevated stature.  For the first time ever, the SapuraKencana National Classic will also count towards the Professional Golf of Malaysia (“PGM”) Tour’s Order of Merit, which is the leading professional tour in Malaysia.
About SapuraKencana Petroleum
SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad (“SapuraKencana” or “Group”) is a leading global integrated oil and gas services and solutions provider operating across the entire upstream value chain. As a full-fledged upstream player, the Group’s spectrum of capabilities covers exploration, development, production, rejuvenation, as well as decommissioning and abandonment.
With a highly-skilled and technically-capable workforce, strategic world-class assets, and strong project management capabilities, the Group today has a global presence in over 20 countries.
Learn more at www.sapurakencana.com
About CIMB Group
The title sponsor of the CIMB Classic is CIMB Group. CIMB Group is one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in 9 out of 10 ASEAN nations. CIMB Group offers a full suite of financial services and related products; has a market capitalisation of approximately USD 9.6 billion as of 30 June 2016 and about 40,000 employees located in 17 countries. Read more about CIMB Group at www.cimb.com.
About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China.
The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 227 countries and territories in 30 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2015, tournaments across all Tours generated a record $160 million for local and national charitable organizations, bringing the all-time total to $2.3 billion.
The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Sponsor), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official Business Publication Sponsor) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.