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Malaysia's Nicholas Fung walks with his caddie on the 10th fairway during the second round of the CIMB Classic at the KLGCC on Friday. He carded a six-over 78 to finish joint-73rd with two-day total of eight-over 152. - AFP
NOTHING seemed to go right for Malaysian pair Rashid Ismail and Nicholas Fung as they encountered trouble with their putting and drives respectively in the second round of the CIMB Classic at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC).
Rashid carded a four-over 76 for a two-day total of five-over 149 to finish joint 66th with 2011 champion Bo Van Pelt, Scott Brown and Matt Every.
Nicholas shot a six-over 78 for an eight-over 152 total to finish tied 73rd with John Merrick, Baek Seuk-hyun and Martin Flores.
Rashid, who started off on the back nine, ran into some early trouble when he bogeyed the 12th, 15th and 18th holes as well as the third.
The 40-year-old blamed his putting for the poor round.
“I played good but my putting really let me down today. Maybe, I tried too hard and it just didn’t go my way,” he said.
“I wanted to hit more fairways today (Friday) and I did, but I couldn’t hole my putts. The problem was with my putting alignment. The ball just kept going to the left, I think. If I can keep up my ball-striking, which was good today, I think I’ll have a good chance to improve my score.
“I have to look into improving my putting. I won’t give up. I still have two more rounds of golf and I’ll keep working hard.”
Rashid also said that the greens were a lot softer when he won the SapuraKencana National Qualifier in August.
“The greens are a lot firmer now ... that makes it harder for the ball to roll. It’s a sort of greens that, the harder you try, the worse situation you get into!
“I was actually relaxed playing here but, today, my putting didn’t let me feel relaxed!” said the Kluang-born Rashid, who will tee off with Van Pelt and Every from the 10th at 9.30am, Saturday.
As for Nicholas, it was his driver that ruined it for him.
Nicholas picked up two birdies (16th, 18th), two bogeys (seventh, 17th) and three double bogeys (first, ninth, 13th) on what was a frustrating round for the Sabahan.
“I started on the back nine and shot one-over. So I wanted to finish under-par because it was so easy to putt on the front nine. But I played worse on the back nine,” said Nicholas.
“I tried to put more on the fairway, but it didn’t happen. I putted good today and that gave me a lot of saves.
“What’s my plan (for Saturday)? I have no idea. I’m just going to go out there, have fun and just play.”
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