Malaysian Kenneth De Silva shot a career best nine-under 63 to share the halfway clubhouse lead at the weather-disrupted PGM Northport Glenmarie Championship on Thursday. - PGM
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Kenneth De Silva shot his career’s best score of nine-under 63 to share the halfway clubhouse lead with Venezuelan Wolmer Murillo at the weather-disrupted PGM Northport Glenmarie Championship.
De Silva returned with the day’s lowest score for a seven-under 137 while Murillo carded a 67 in the RM200,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.
Australian Darren Tan posted his second straight 69 to trail the leading duo by one shot.
Play was halted at 2.33pm on Thursday due to the inclement weather. A total of 71 players will return at 7.30am on Friday to complete their second round.
The 23-year-old De Silva, who claimed his maiden ADT win in Sarawak shortly after turning professional in 2012, was over the moon after firing a flawless round, which included one eagle and seven birdies.
“I shot a 64 at a different course last week and I didn’t expect to break my record again this week. Everything went well for me today. I was feeling really good before my round,” said De Silva.
“I will try and stay focused and play well in the next two rounds,” added De Silva.
Starting the round four shots off the lead, Murillo charged into contention after mixing his card with one eagle, five birdies and two bogeys.
“I had a solid round today. I got off to a great start with an eagle on the second hole. The course is in great condition and the greens are rolling nice. I’m pleased with how I played today,” said Murillo.
Overnight leader Mitsuhiko Hashizume of Japan signed for a disappointing 75 to slip to a share of eighth place on 141.
Chan Shih-chang of Taiwan, the Order of Merit leader, and defending champion Danny Chia of Malaysia will return to complete their round.