Tran Storms in the Lead

Thu 06 Sep 2012

Tran Storms in the Lead

Shah Alam, Selangor, September 6: Michael Tran of Vietnam described his round as a walk in the park as he shot a four-under-par 68 for the second round clubhouse lead at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor on Thursday.

Tran, the only Vietnamese to play on the Asian Tour, fired five birdies against one bogey for a one shot lead over two-time Asian Tour winner Marcus Both at the Kota Permai Golf and Country Club.

Australia’s Kieran Pratt, who won his first Asian Tour title earlier this year in Myanmar, shot a 71 to share third place with Lindsay Renolds of Canada at the RM1.2 million (approximately US$395,000) Asian Tour event.

Tran missed the halfway cut at the Asian Tour Qualifying School this year but took advantage of his country invitation category as he put himself in position of winning his first Asian Tour title.

“I’m just having a walk in the park. I’m not thinking about anything at all which I’ve managed to do in the last 36 holes. It won’t be easy to do that in the last two rounds though! But that’s the game of golf, you need a bit of nerves to push you forward,” said Tran, who totalled nine-under-par 135.

The 22-year-old is looking for a magical week that will divert his decision from quitting the game next year.

“I was planning to do some teaching a bit and my family has some business. That’s just a plan because you never know what might happen in the next four months or this week! But I’m trying not to think about it,” he added.

After playing 21 holes today, Both was ‘infuriated’ for making three soft bogeys on holes eight, 14 and 16 but believes he has an advantage at Kota Permai.

“This is the sort of golf course I like. You don’t have to overpower it but just position the ball around here. That’s sort of my strength,” said Both, who finished fifth last year.

“I made a few mistakes out there which was really annoying. I had three really soft bogeys which infuriated me but never mind. All and all it was still pretty good,” he added.

Pratt won his first Asian Tour title earlier this year but has not been happy with his performance. He hopes to turn his fortunes around this week.

“I’ve not been all that happy with my game since winning. I had some opportunities in the big events but haven’t performed as well as I would have liked. This week gives me a chance to challenge for another tournament,” said Pratt.

“If you’re chasing players who aren’t winners, I guess it’s an advantage as you’ve been there and done that. Hopefully I can put some pressure.”


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