Keyser maintains his lead at the PGM UMW Championship

Fri 05 Oct 2018

Keyser maintains his lead at the PGM UMW Championship

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 4: Mathiam Keyser of South Africa persevered amidst challenging weather conditions as he stayed in front after carding a one-over-par 72 at the RM225,000 (approximately US$58,000) PGM UMW Championship on Thursday.

The 31-year-old Keyser, who teed off his second round from the 10th tee, picked up where he left off as he made a couple of birdies in his first four holes. However, his day unravelled after making three consecutive bogeys from holes four to six, as well as a double bogey on hole nine of the Impian Golf and Country Club.

Keyser has a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the tournament on a nine-under-par 133 total.

He said: “The weather suspensions today affected my play. We went out after the second suspension and I thought that the course was a little too wet. The last hole was really challenging because of the conditions.

“My second round was very different from my first round, but as long as you’re in the lead, you can’t be too upset. I enjoyed playing the course. So, let’s see what happens in the next two days.”

Close behind Keyser is Thailand's Poom Pattaropong. He maintained his opening-round form and carded his second straight 67. 

Thailand’s Donlaphatchai Niyomchon signed for a 66, the lowest score of the second round, to finish four shots off the lead. He traded an eagle and four birdies against a lone bogey.

Japan’s Naoki Sekito and Malaysia’s Sukree Othman are currently in tied-fourth after carding 71 and 72 respectively.

Leading second round scores:

133 - Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 61 72
134 - Poom PATTAROPONG (THA) 67 67
137 - Donlaphatchai NIYOMCHON (THA) 71 66
138 - Naoki SEKITO (JPN) 67 71, Sukree OTHMAN (MAS) 66 72
139 - Itthipat BURANATANYARAT (THA) 69 70, Akhmal TARMIZEE (MAS) 70 69
140 - Philip MATSSON (THA) 73 67, Shakhawat SOHEL (BAN) 68 72, Ryonosuke SEKI (JPN) 73 67, Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA) 72 68, Nirun SAE-UENG (THA) 69 71, Kenneth DE SILVA (MAS) 71 69

Ends.

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