Jazz grabs second-round lead in Sarawak Championship
Last Update: 16/08/2019
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 (Bernama) -- Asian Tour leader Jazz Janewattananond surged to the top of the leaderboard in the Sarawak Golf Championship after firing a flawless eight-under-par 64 to take a one-shot lead at the Damai Golf and Country Club in Kuching today.
The 23-year-old, who is gunning for his third Asian Tour title this season, enjoyed a bogey-free round, highlighted with eight birdies, to take the halfway lead with a 15-under-par 129 total after two rounds.
Miguel Tabuena, 24, of the Philippines signed off for a second straight 65 to share the second place with joint overnight leader Hung Chien-yao of Taiwan (66) and Australian Andrew Dodt (64) in the US$300,000 (RM1.252 million) tournament.
The Thai trio of Pavit Tangkamolprasert, Danthai Boonma and Sadom Kaewkanjana shared fifth place with a matching 133 total, following respective rounds of 65, 66 and 67.
National golfer Ben Leong, a joint overnight leader, failed to keep up the momentum after posting an even par 72 for a two-day total of eight-under-par 136 to share 24th place with three others -- Jack Harrison (England), Daisuke Kataoka (Japan), and Rashid Khan of India.
“It was a pretty solid round. I holed a lot of putts, missed some as well but overall, it was good. You just had to go out there and try your best. Every part of the game was pretty solid. Driver wasn’t as great but I kind of got away with it,” according to Jazz in the Asian Tour website;www.asiantour.com.
“All the birdies today were pretty similar. Nothing stood out really. The greens are better this year and we were able to roll in more putts out there. It was nice playing alongside Scott Hend and Miguel Tabuena as well.
“Scott made a good comeback with two closing birdies as well. It was fun to watch him fight back. It’s going to be the same tomorrow, just focus on hitting fairways and greens and we’ll see how it goes,” added Jazz.
The halfway cut was set at four-under-par 140 with a total of 72 players moving into the third round onwards.
Leading second-round scores:
129 -- Jazz Janewattananond (THA) 65-64;
130 -- Miguel Tabuena (PHI) 65-65, Hung Chien-yao (TPE) 64-66, Andrew Dodt (AUS) 66-64;
133 -- Pavit Tangkamolprasert (THA) 68-65, Danthai Boonma (THA) 67-66, Sadom Kaewkanjana 66-67;
134 -- Nicholas Latimer (USA) 66-68, Scott Vincent (ZIM) 68-66, Richard T. Lee (CAN) 66-68, Micah Lauren Shin (USA) 69-65, Lloyd Jefferson Go (PHI) 69-65, Mardan Mamat (SGP) 68-66, Terry Pilkadaris (AUS) 66-68, Trevor Simsby (USA) 66-68;
135 -- Tomoharu Otsuki (JPN) 67-68, Josh Salah (USA) 68-67, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit (THA) 69-66, Prom Meesawat (THA) 68-67, Jesse Yap (SGP) 67-68, Itthiphat Buranatanyarat (THA) 68-67, Justin Quiban (PHI) 64-71, Danny Masrin (INA) 67-68;
136 -- Jack Harrison (ENG) 67-69, Daisuke Kataoka (JPN) 65-71, BEN LEONG (MAS) 64-72, Rashid Khan (IND) 68-68.