R. Nachimuthu shot a five-under 66 to climb to the top of the leaderboard with a nine-under 135 on the second day of the Kinrara Closed Championship.
PETALING JAYA: R. Nachimuthu let nothing hinder his concentration as he moved to the top of the leaderboard at the PGM Tour’s Kinrara Closed Championship on a rain-interrupted second day at the Kinrara Golf Club in Puchong.
The seasoned player shot a five-under 66 to climb to pole position on nine-under 135, which gave him the clubhouse lead by a stroke over Shaaban Hussin, who himself had a good day, firing a 69.
Shaaban was in turn a stroke ahead of Arie Irawan, who had a 67. Arie’s four-under effort took him to a 137 total and third place.
Tied for fourth spot on four-under 138 were Khor Kheng Hwai (67), Sukree Othman (68), Iain Steel (68) and S. Sivachandhran, who tied with Nachimuthu for the low round of the day at 66.
Mohd Hafiz Mohd Said (67), Nicholas Fung (69) and Rashid Ismail (72) were locked on 140 in a tie for eighth place.
Nachimuthu, who won the season-ending Maybank Tour Players Championship title last December and finished runner-up on the Order of Merit, was happy to have buried a few putts that made the difference.
”I have been striking the ball well for a while and played well in the last few tournaments. But I have not been putting that good, however, today I did manage to sink a few putts and that really helped,” said the half-way stage leader.
”The course is in good condition, but we hope the rain today will not adversely affect it.”