On a stormy day two of the Maybank Malaysian Open, Kiradech Aphibarnrat secured a late advantage when he birdied his last hole of the day to lead by one shot, in the Malaysian mayhem in Kuala Lumpur.
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More storm delays meant that only half of the field had the opportunity to complete their second rounds at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club Course.
There were 78 players who had to resume their first rounds today. Among them were Charl Schwartzel and Ashun Wu, who went on to complete their second rounds and set the clubhouse target at nine under par with matching rounds of -4 under par 68. That target proved to be not quite good enough as the overnight leader Kiradech Aphibarnrat completed the front nine in -3 under par, 33 to get to -10 under par for the tournament, before darkness brought play to a close for the day. Kiradech still has eight holes to play in his second round.
Charl admitted that the tough conditions made it hard to concentrate;
” I can’t be too hard on myself because it’s extraordinarily hot out there. I lost a bit of concentration towards the end and made bad decisions on the sixth and seventh, poor club selections. I was in the middle of the fairway both times and made bogey. I hit a very poor shot on the seventh. It’s been a very long day but through it all I thought I played pretty well. At least I’ve given myself a chance. I’m playing consistently and if I had been a bit sharper today I maybe could have separated myself from the field, but I know I’m playing well and I’m feeling good.”
Ashun Wu was very happy to be in the club house in second position;
” I’m very happy today and my putting is good. I read the lines very well and that made me relax out there. I think it’s important to play with a strategy in mind this week and choosing of the right clubs to use will matter as well. I’ve been in a good form lately and I hope to maintain that. It’s great that I have the opportunity to play in this co-sanctioned event this week. It’s going to be very competitive because we’ve got all the top players from the Asian Tour and European Tour in the field.”
The weather in Malaysia is causing mayhem at the moment, and the organisers must be praying for some dry spells so that they can get this tournament back on track.