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Wilson Choo had to pull his bag and trolley around the course after his caddie failed to show up. Despite being his own caddie, he is now in the lead after two days at the Pahang Classic.
PETALING JAYA: Wilson Choo played the best round of his career to take the lead at the half-way stage of the PGM Tour’s Pahang Classic at the Lanjut Golden Beach & Golf Resort in Rompin on Friday.
The 24-year-old shot a career-low eight-under-par 64 that took his total to 136 and gave him a two-shot lead in the RM150,000 event.
What made this round all the more remarkable was that Wilson ended up pulling his bag and trolley around the course himself after his caddie failed to show up.
On a two-day total of 138 for second spot was first round leader Iylia Jamil, who followed up his opening day’s 64 with a handy even-par 72. Tied for third on five-under were Airil Rizman (68), M. Sasidaran (69) and Shaifubari Muda (70), while S. Sivachandhran (68) moved into sixth place on four-under with a 68.
Faridil Atras (70) and R. Nachimuthu (71) were joint seventh on 141, with amateur player Abel Tam (70), Kenneth De Silva (70), Lim Eng Seng (72) and Mohd Amli Mohiyadeen (74) tied for ninth on 142.
Speaking with an air of confidence as well as delight, Wilson said he played this course a few times and was quite familiar with it, giving him a slight edge.
The Kelantan-born golfer who now resides in Kuala Lumpur and turned pro about four years ago, attributed his recent good form to the tutelage of his coaches Tony Maloney and Kenneth Khong.
“They have really helped a lot recently,” explained Wilson, who added that they worked on the mental side of his game as well as tweaked his swing a little. I am happy with the way I played today. I was disappointed that my caddie did not show up but I pulled the trolley anyway and it still worked out well.
“I hit the ball solid and I putted well too,” he said, while adding that the low scores over the first two days could be attributed in part to the good condition of the course.
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