Kuala Lumpur, April 13: Shaaban Hussin was the only Malaysian above the projected cutline of even par or one-over-par when lightning halted the second round.
The 32-year-old golfer was two-under-par for the day and four-under-par overall through nine holes, which put him in a good position to make the cut for the fifth time in his career.
“I felt like I was on a momentum and I could have gone lower if the play was not suspended. My rhythm and tempo was good. Looking at the scores of the leader, I think I have a good chance of closing the gap on them, but I shall not get aggressive. I think the goal is to stay calm and score when I can,” said Shaaban, who mixed four birdies against two bogeys on the outward nine of the West Course.
The best-placed Malaysian amateur was the talented teenager, Low Khai Jei, who shot a second successive 73 to match the performance of top Malaysian professional
Although it is unlikely that Low will make the cut, he described his maiden appearance in the Maybank Malaysian Open as a “truly priceless experience”.
“I’ve learnt a lot, and that every shot is crucial because if you miss a shot, the closer you get to missing the cut. I can say that I’ve fulfilled my goal for the week, which was to score under 74 in each round,” said Low, who turns 16 this June.
Among the 20 other Malaysians in the field, Ben Leong looks to have the best chance of making the cut. Leong was two-over-par overall after eight holes of his second round. The other Malaysians with outside chances of making the cut were Haziq Hamizan who was four-over after 12 holes, Sukree Othman (+5 through nine holes) and Nicholas Fung (+6 through eight holes).