PETALING JAYA: Amir Nazrin Jailani (pic) held the halfway lead in the RM200,000 Professional Golf Association of Malaysia (PGAM) Players’ Championship to stay on course for his maiden professional title.
The 19-year-old rookie doubled his overnight advantage with a battling one-under 71 in tough-scoring conditions at the Impian Golf and Country Club in Kajang yesterday.
Amir has a five-under 139 to stay two shots clear of veteran Mohd Rashid Ismail, who rolled back the years with a two-under 70.
Daeng Abdul Rahman Abdul Aziz also stayed in contention despite posting a one-over 73, dropping into third on 142.
“I could feel from the start that it was going to be a tough day in the office. Didn’t get my (putting) lines right but I pulled off a 71. It still leaves me in a good position. My shot-making was pretty solid and I was a lot more confident with my driver today. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with my round,” said Amir, who was third on two occasions at the Port Dickson Championship in April and CIMB National Championship last month.
Leading second round scores
139: Amir Nazrin Jailani 68-71;
141: Mohd Rashid Ismail 71-70;
142: Daeng Abdul Rahman Abdul Aziz 69-73;
143: Shahriffuddin Ariffin 70-73, Lam Yu Shuen 72-71, Airil Rizman Zahari 72-71;
144: Brandon Lau 72-72, Kiishaan Tharmalingam 74-70, Jeremiah Kim Leun Kwang 73-71, Wilson Choo 71-73, Muhammad Wafiyuddin Abdul Manaf 71-73;
145: Lam Kong Loong 75-70.