Carballo stays in the lead at the PGM Penang Championship

Thu 03 May 2018

Carballo stays in the lead at the PGM Penang Championship

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Penang, Malaysia, May 3: Miguel Carballo of Argentina carded a second round four-under-par 68 to take the halfway lead at the PGM Penang Championship on Thursday.

First-round leader Carballo is currently ahead of the field by one shot on an 11-under-par 133 total. American Sam Gillis is in second place after returning a brilliant 66 at the Bukit Jawi Golf Resort.

Yutaka Araki of Japan shot the day’s lowest score of 65 to finish in lone third place. Thais Ratchapol Jantavara (69) and Nitithorn Thippong (67), as well as Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski (67) share fourth place at the RM225,000 (approximately US$58,000) event.

“I played well in round two, as I created many opportunities for birdies throughout the day. Although, my putter was a little bit cold. The three bogeys were a result of my three-putting on the green,” said Carballo, who made seven birdies in the second round.

“The weather was quite hot this afternoon, but it did not affect my play as it is similar to what I’ve experienced back in the United States during the summer months. I’m just going to practice a little bit more on the putting green before heading back for a well-earned rest,” he added.

Tour rookie Gillis had a rocky start as he dropped two shots through four holes. However, he steadied himself and went on to card seven birdies in the rest of the round before signing for a 66.

“It was a great round of golf. My iron play was sharp and my putts either saved pars or made birdies. The key to scoring here is to manage the course well and not let your emotions get in the way,” explained Gillis.

“The par I made at the par-three 14th helped set a good momentum for the rest of the round. My ball landed on the front-side of the green, about 50 feet from the hole. After hitting it 10 feet past the hole, I still managed to putt it in for par.”

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Leading third round scores:

133 - Miguel CARBALLO (ARG) 65 68

134 - Sam GILLIS (USA) 68 66

136 - Yutaka ARAKI (JPN) 71 65

137 - Nitithorn THIPPONG (THA) 70 67, Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) 70 67, Ratchapol JANTAVARA (THA) 68 69

138 - Shinichi MIZUNO (JPN) 71 67, Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 69 69, Oscar ZETTERWALL (SWE) 70 68, Nirun SAE-UENG (THA) 70 68

139 - Shohei HASEGAWA (JPN) 69 70, Donlaphatchai NIYOMCHON (THA) 69 70, Kwanchai TANNIN (THA) 70 69

140 - Sydney CHUNG (USA) 72 68, Justin DE LOS SANTOS (USA) 67 73

141 - Sukree OTHMAN (MAS) 69 72, Martin DIVE (AUS) 70 71, Andrew PARK (USA) 69 72, Wilson CHOO (MAS) 70 71, Phanuvich ONCHU (THA) 70 71, Divyanshu BAJAJ (IND) 73 68, Adam BLYTH (AUS) 68 73, Mohammad WAFIYUDDIN (MAS) 69 72

142 - Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA) 73 69, KHOR Kheng Hwai (MAS) 67 75, Amir NAZRIN (MAS) 71 71, Jeff BURTON (USA) 70 72, Kiishaan THARMALINGAM (MAS) 69 73, Panuwat MUENLEK (THA) 68 74, Kieran PRATT (AUS) 72 70, John Michael O'TOOLE (USA) 71 71, Taewon SHIN (KOR) 71 71

143 - Lownaphum NAVISTHRIRA (THA) 70 73, Ye Htet AUNG (MYN) 74 69, Matt KILLEN (ENG) 73 70, S. Siva Chandhran (MAS) 73 70, Hyukchul SHIN (KOR) 70 73, Johnson POH (SGP) 73 70, Lee SONG (KOR) 69 74, Cody O'TOOLE (USA) 75 68

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.