Golf

Published: Tuesday August 26, 2014 MYT 7:16:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday August 26, 2014 MYT 8:15:19 PM

Danny still leads despite hiccup at CIMB qualifiers

Malaysian golfer Danny Chia in action during the first round of the SapuraKencana National Qualifier for the CIMB Classic at KLGCC on Tuesday. -

Malaysian golfer Danny Chia in action during the first round of the SapuraKencana National Qualifier for the CIMB Classic at KLGCC on Tuesday. -

KUALA LUMPUR: Danny Chia kept his lead at the SapuraKencana National Qualifier despite posting a poor four-over 76 in the second round.

On Tuesday, the 41-year-old carded a birdie, three bogeys and one double bogey for a two-under 142 total at the West Course of the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) but remained in a strong position to qualify for his third appearance in the US$7mil (RM22mil) CIMB Classic from Oct 30-Nov 2.

Despite the disastrous round, the one-time Asian Tour winner still has the luxury of sitting on his one-stroke advantage in the final round on Wednesday ahead of Khor Kheng Hwai, who produced a solid 69 that included an eagle on the third hole.

Mohd Rizal Amin is a further stroke adrift in third spot after posting a second consecutive 72.

Danny, who shot an opening 66, struggled with a cold putter and was punished on the 10th when he declared lost ball after hitting a wayward tee shot.

After a bogey on the 16th, he found himself in more trouble when he drove into the trees before settling for another bogey.

“On the 10th hole, I would usually hit my five wood but I wasn’t converting my putts on the front nine so I lost patience and pulled out my driver. I hit my ball a bit to the right and, unfortunately, I lost my ball,” lamented Danny, who remains confident that he can pull off a victory in the qualifier, an event which he won in 2012.

“My putter let me down and I lost patience on two holes. Apart from that, it’s still okay. I’m not too far away. I still have a fighting chance.”

Tags / Keywords: SapuraKencana National Qualifier, golf, Danny Chia, CIMB Classic, Khor Kheng Hwai, Mohd Rizal Amin

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