Kemarol Baharin in a file photo. With a two-day total of 136, he has taken over the lead at the I&P Tournament of Champions from first-round leader Sukree Othman.
PETALING JAYA: Kemarol Baharin shot a 67 to grab the halfway lead of the PGM Tour’s season-opener, the I&P Tournament of Champions, at the Templer Park Country Club in Rawang.
His five-under round saw him to climb to a two-day total of eight-under 136 in the inaugural RM200,000 golf event, designed solely for winners on the PGM Tour.
Kemarol holds a three-shot cushion over first-round leader Sukree Othman, who followed up his opening 67 with an even-par 72 on Tuesday.
R. Nachimuthu, who won the final event of 2013 last month and finished runner-up on the Order of Merit, played himself into contention with a 71 that took him to three-under 141.
Australia’s Ryan Bulloch (71) and Englishman Grant Jackson (72) were the best-placed foreign golfers in the 21-strong field, tying for fourth on one-under 143.
Danny Chia, winner of the season-opener in the last two years, also made a move up the leaderboard by climbing to sixth place with a 70 that left him on even-par 144.
Masaru Takahashi, who was second after the first day, stumbled to a three-over 75 in a round that had five bogeys, countered by two birdies. He finished on one-over 145 to be tied with Shaaban Hussin (73) in seventh spot.