Carballo on course for maiden ADT victory at PGM Penang Championship

Fri 04 May 2018

Carballo on course for maiden ADT victory at PGM Penang Championship

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Penang, Malaysia, May 4: It has been a grind for Argentina’s Miguel Carballo, but he still managed to card a two-under-par 70 on round three to stay in the lead at the PGM Penang Championship on Friday.

The 39-year-old made three birdies against a lone bogey to lead by one shot on 13-under-par 203 total. Thailand’s Nitithorn Thippong returned a 67 to finish the day in second place, while Japan’s Shinichi Mizuno and Malcolm Kokocinski carded 68 and 69 respectively to share third place at the RM225,000 (approximately US$58,000) event.

Wilson Choo is the highest ranked local in the field. The 28-year-old Malaysian started the day in tied-16th and has moved up to tied-ninth after carding a 68 at the Bukit Jawi Golf Resort.

Carballo, a two-time winner on the Web.com Tour, is confident of victory and he will be focusing on the task at hand when he tees off in the final group tomorrow. 

“This has been the most difficult day for me in the tournament so far. I wasn’t feeling my game, and I didn’t have control over my drives, second shots and putts. Despite the challenges, I very happy as I still managed to score two-under-par,” said Carballo.

“I'm in a good position to win but you can never be certain in golf. Tomorrow is yet another day. I’ll concentrate on playing my game and everything will sort itself out,” he added.

The PGM Penang Championship is the seventh leg of the 2018 ADT schedule this year. It is also the ADT’s third stop in Malaysia. Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points are offered on all ADT events with the winner earning a total of six OWGR points while the top-six players and ties earn points on a sliding scale.

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

For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.

Leading second round scores:

203 - Miguel CARBALLO (ARG) 65 68 70

204 - Nitithorn THIPPONG (THA) 70 67 67

206 - Shinichi MIZUNO (JPN) 71 67 68, Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) 70 67 69

207 - Donlaphatchai NIYOMCHON (THA) 69 70 68, Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 69 69 69

208 - Sydney CHUNG (USA) 72 68 68, Oscar ZETTERWALL (SWE) 70 68 70

209 - Wilson CHOO (MAS) 70 71 68, Ratchapol JANTAVARA (THA) 68 69 72, Yutaka ARAKI (JPN) 71 65 73, Sam GILLIS (USA) 68 66 75

210 - Justin DE LOS SANTOS (USA) 67 73 70, Kwanchai TANNIN (THA) 70 69 71, Adam BLYTH (AUS) 68 73 69, Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA) 73 69 68

211 - Poom PATTAROPONG (THA) 72 72 67, Andrew PARK (USA) 69 72 70, Shohei HASEGAWA (JPN) 69 70 72, Nirun SAE-UENG (THA) 70 68 73, Johnson POH (SGP) 73 70 68, Panuwat MUENLEK (THA) 68 74 69

212 - Sukree OTHMAN (MAS) 69 72 71

213 - Shariffuddin ARIFFIN (MAS) 70 75 68

214 - S. Siva Chandhran (MAS) 73 70 71, Ye Htet AUNG (MYN) 74 69 71, Mohammad WAFIYUDDIN (MAS) 69 72 73, John Michael O'TOOLE (USA) 71 71 72, KHOR Kheng Hwai (MAS) 67 75 72, Kieran PRATT (AUS) 72 70 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.