PETALING JAYA: Ben Leong is on the brink of winning the PGM Northport Championship – all thanks to the inclement weather.
The RM200,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) jointly sanctioned event has been reduced to 54 holes due to the continuous poor weather.
And Ben, who has built up an eight-stroke lead, looks a shoo-in for an astonishing sixth victory in eight starts on the Tour – and a maiden ADT crown.
Yesterday, a well-rested Ben returned to the Garden Course of the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club for his delayed second round with all guns blazing – firing a sublime 10-under 62 on his way to an 18-under 126 total.
The one-time Asian Tour champion, who shot a 64 on the opening day, combined two eagles and six birdies to give himself a commanding eight-shot lead over Scotsman James Byrne (69) and England’s Steve Lewton (68).
Clubhouse leader Quincy Quek of Singapore dropped two spots to join Jay Bayron of the Philippines for a share of fourth spot.
Having seen no action on Thursday due to lightning threats, Ben was delighted to have signed for the best 18-hole score of his career yesterday.
Still, he is refusing to get carried away.
“I’ve had two eagles in a round before but this is the first time I’ve shot a 62 ... so, it’s a special round,” said the 2008 Selangor Masters winner.
“I had a day off yesterday (Thursday) due to the weather delay, so I managed to get some rest.
“I’m happy with my position right now ... I will just continue to play my game. Nothing special really, I just want to have fun out there.”
The golfers were supposed to tee off the third round yesterday after 2.45pm but it was delayed by two hours due to lightning threats again.
With more than eight hours of play lost over two days, the tournament committee decided to reduce the tournament to 54 holes.
A total of 54 players who made the halfway cut, set at two-under 142, will return at 7.30am today for the third and final round.