Poh surges into halfway lead at the PGM Johor Championship

Fri 06 Apr 2018

Poh surges into halfway lead at the PGM Johor Championship

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Round 2 results

Johor Bahru, Malaysia, April 6: Singapore’s Johnson Poh snatched a one-shot halfway lead at the weather-disrupted PGM Johor Championship after returning on Friday morning to sign for a fine seven-under-par 65.

The 26-year-old Poh, who opened his campaign with a 68, fired eight birdies against a bogey to move atop the leaderboard with a 11-under-par 133 total at the RM225,000 (approximately US$58,000) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.

Finland’s Janne Kaske, who held a share of the opening round lead, took second place following a 69 while Thailand’s Sorachut Hansapiban (69), Singapore’s Koh Deng Shan (66) and local talent Arie Irawan (65) shared third on matching 136s at the Palm Resort Golf and Country Club.

“I have been hitting it good these two days. I think the only difference was that I was making more putts in my second round. I had six holes to complete today and finished them at two-under-par which was good,” said Poh.

“On my last hole ninth, I had 40 metres to the green, I knew it was a pretty firm green so I hit a high wedge shot into the green and stuck it to a foot and made birdie,” added Poh, who has enjoyed top-10 finishes in his last two starts on the region’s secondary circuit.

Kaske, a two-time winner on the ADT, said: “I was very confident coming into my second round. Hoping to get a little bit luckier in today’s round but I’m still in good position. Wished I could’ve finished a little stronger because I hit a lot of good shots and it was just unlucky breaks.”

Reigning ADT Order of Merit champion Pannakorn Uthaipas signed for a 68 to settle four shots off the pace in tied-sixth position while American John Catlin, who leads the current money list, posted a 71 to sit in tied-37th on 144.

The halfway cut was set at one-over-par 145 with 55 players advancing to the final two rounds. The third and penultimate round of the PGM Johor Championship is in progress.

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.