Choo takes the lead at the halfway stage at the PGM CCM Championship

Thu 11 Oct 2018

Choo takes the lead at the halfway stage at the PGM CCM Championship

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Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, October 12: Malaysia’s Wilson Choo carded an even-par 72 at the halfway stage of the PGM CCM Championship to take the solo lead at the RM225,000 (approximately US$58,000) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event on Friday.

Choo was among the 85 players who returned to the Kota Seriemas Golf and Country Club on Friday morning to complete their second rounds, after play was abandoned on Thursday due to lightning threats. 

The 29-year-old Choo mixed his card with five birdies, three bogeys and one double-bogey, to lead by two shots on an eight-under-par 136 total over American Han Lee, who returned with a 70 to take second place.

Erwan Vieilledent of France sits in third place on a 139 total following a 71, while four players take a share of fourth place on 140, including current Merit leader Miguel Carballo of Argentina (67), Korea’s Hyukchul Shin (68), Thailand’s Donlaphatchai Niyomchon (69) and Malaysia’s Shahriffuddin Ariffin (73).

Choo got off to a blazing start making three consecutive birdies in his opening five holes, before making a double-bogey on hole six followed by another dropped shot on hole seven. He recovered nicely on hole eight after making a 20-footer for birdie and would turn in 35.

The Malaysian, who claimed his maiden ADT victory in 2015 at the PGM LADA Langkawi Championship, dropped another shot on holes 11 and 12 respectively, before grabbing a birdie on his way home for a 37 in his back nine.

“I started out good and then I had two bad holes in a row which messed up my momentum. I made a couple of wrong calls today and a lot of errors which I could have avoided. But I am still in a good position and there is still a long way to go, so I am going to keep calm and play it one hole at a time,” said Choo.

The PGM CCM Championship was delayed by a total of 9 hours due to inclement weather in the first two rounds. A total of 56 players survived the halfway cut which was set at six-over-par 150.

The leading seven players on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn playing rights on the Asian Tour for the 2019 season.

All ADT events are afforded with Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points with the winner earning a minimum of six OWGR points while the top-six players and ties earn points on a sliding scale.

Leading second round scores 

36 - Wilson CHOO (MAS) 64 72

138 - Han LEE (USA) 68 70

139 - Erwan VIEILLEDENT (FRA) 68 71

140 - Donlaphatchai NIYOMCHON (THA) 71 69, Hyukchul SHIN (KOR) 72 68, Miguel CARBALLO (ARG) 73 67, Shahriffuddin ARIFFIN (MAS) 67 73

141 - Josh SALAH (USA) 70 71, Sam GILLIS (USA) 69 72, Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 69 72

Ends.

About Asian Development Tour

The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.