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

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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