Malaysian golfer Danny Chia in action during the first round of the SapuraKencana National Qualifier for the CIMB Classic at KLGCC on Tuesday. -
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.”