Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger surged to the top of the leaderboard at the halfway stage of the Maybank Championship after a stunning second round of nine-under-par 63, which included nine birdies in a row at Saujana Golf & Country Club’s Palm Course.
Wiesbeger got hot midway through his round, making nine consecutive birdies from holes 7 to 15. The towering 31-year-old cancelled out two more birdies with two bogeys and lies on 12-under-par, one shot ahead of Masters champion Danny Willett of England.
“I hit really good shots and I just felt calm out there. It felt kind of natural and I really only holed two long ones which were the last birdie of the nine on 15 and about a 20-footer on 11,” said Wiesberger, who has won in Indonesia and Korea previously and finished runner-up in his last visit to Malaysia two years ago.
Wiesberger became the first golfer to make nine consecutive birdies on both the Asian Tour and European Tour but his feat will not be considered an official record due to the preferred lie ruling.
Willet, who at 15th in the world is the highest ranked player in the field, surged into contention with a fine 67, while American David Lipsky and France’s Michael Lorenzo-Vera were two shots further back.
Asia’s challenge was carried by India’s Shubhankar Sharma and Korean KT Kim in fifth place, four shots off the pace.