Danny within arms reach of a third ADT title


  • Golf
  • Thursday, 19 Mar 2015

Danny Chia shot another 68 to move closer to his third ADT title in the PGM CCM Rahman Putra Championship at the Kelab Rahman Putra in Sungai Buloh. - Bernama

PETALING JAYA: A second consecutive four-under 68 has put Malaysian ace Danny Chia within striking distance of a third Asian Development Tour (ADT) title.

The 42-year-old Danny carded five birdies and one bogey for a two-day total of eight-under 136 to lie just two strokes behind leader Quincy Quek of Singapore in the PGM CCM Rahman Putra Championship at the Kelab Rahman Putra in Sungai Buloh.

But it’s not going to be easy for Danny as eight golfers are just a shot behind him on seven-under 137. They are Americans Brett Munson (defending champion) and Shane Smith; Malaysia’s Khor Kheng Hwai; Scotland’s James Byrne, the 2013 winner; Germany’s Dominic Foos; and three Thais – Wisut Artjanawat, Phachara Khongwatmai and Phachara Khongwatmai.

Overnight leader Natthapong Niyomchon of Thailand shot a dismal three-over 75 yesterday to slip into joint 21st – seven shots off the pace.

While Quincy carded a second straight 67 to shoot into the halfway lead, it was Danny who caught the imagination.

“Overall, I’m pleased and happy to be in the hunt again at two shots behind,” said Danny.

“Unfortunately at (par-four) 14th (hole), my second shot went into the trees ... it cost me a shot there with a bogey.

“I didn’t hit it great, but fortunately my recovery was great today.

“There are a lot of birdie opportunities on this course ... we’ll see some low scores over the next two days.

“So, I’ve got to make the most of the par-five more. I could only convert twice out of the eight so far.”

Despite plying his trade on the Asian Tour, Danny reckons that doing well in events on the ADT and PGM Tours are just as important.

Danny, who last captured his two ADT crowns at the PGM Glenmarie Championship in 2012 and 2013, is also a six-time PGM Tour winner.

“Regardless of the events, I just love winning ... I’m always hungry for success!” said Danny, whose latest triumph was at the PGM Tour’s season-opening Tournament of Champions in January.

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