Antonio Lascuna shot the day’s lowest round of seven-under, to tie for second with Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts for a nine-under 135 after two rounds at the Maybank Malaysian Open. – AFP Photo
KUALA LUMPUR: Filipino Antonio Lascuna’s decision to stop playing golf for a month in December – to recuperate from a back injury – is starting to pay dividends as he contends for his first Asian Tour victory.
The 43-year-old Antonio shot the day’s lowest round of seven-under for a nine-under 135 at the demanding Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club West Course on Friday.
He is tied for second with Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts – four strokes behind England’s Lee Westwood at the Maybank Malaysian Open.
And this comes just a week after he had won a tournament in the Philippines. Still, Antonio is surprised to find himself so high up on the leaderboard as he has never done well in the Malaysian Open.
He has featured in five Malaysian Opens and his best result was joint 20th in 2012.
“Honestly, I did not expect to shoot this score because this is a very long golf course for me. My goal was to shoot one or two-under each day, but I was five-under after nine holes,” he said.
“It was amazing. I just continued my form from there. I was hitting it really good and close to the pin. After 17 holes I was like ‘wow’. Maybe now I can aim for a pair of three-unders over the weekend.
“I’ve played here many times but always struggled, except on one occasion (in 2012).
“My birdies were all from inside 15 feet. I’m happy with my form now. I struggled with a back injury last year but am fully recovered after resting for the whole of December. I won in the Philippines last week and I’ve got a couple of good results.”