Green leads local challenge at Maybank Championship

Photo by Stuart Franklin / Getty Images

Gavin Green added a second round 71 to his opening 68 at Saujana’s Palm Course yesterday to emerge as the leading Malaysian at the halfway stage of the Maybank Championship.

Gavin Green – Photo by Stuart Franklin / Getty Images

The long-hitting 23-year-old lies in joint 19th place on five-under-par, seven shots behind leader Bern Wiesberger of Austria.

“I’m quite satisfied with how I played today and will stick to my gameplan over the weekend, which is to manage the tough holes properly and keep the ball in play. Hopefully the putts will go in over the next two days,” said Green, who finished second on the Asian Development Tour Order of Merit last season.

The country’s top amateur Daeng Abdul Rahman meanwhile played a superb five-under-par 67 to be the next best Malaysian in joint 29th place on four-under-par.

Daeng Abdul Rahman

“I hit the ball pretty well today but it was my putting that helped me a lot. I made a lot of long putts to save par,” said Daeng.

Four other Malaysians – Danny Chia (-3), Ben Leong (-3), Nicholas Fung (-2) and Arie Irawan (-2) – made the halfway cut, which came at two-under-par.

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