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13 September 2019

Zetterwall Seizes Halfway Lead At PGM Sabah ADT Championship

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, September 12: Sweden's Oscar Zetterwall soared into the lead after signing for a successive four-under-par 68 at the halfway stage of the PGM Sabah ADT Championship on Thursday.

Starting the day two shots back, Zetterwall fired five birdies against a lone bogey to lead by two shots with his two-day total of eight-under-par 136 at the Sabah Golf and Country Club.

Thailand's Atiruj Winaicharoenchai signed for a 67 to join overnight French leader Erwan Vieilledent in a tied-second place while Korean Joohyung Kim sits three further shots back in fourth after battling to a 73 at the RM225,000 event, which is the 13th stop on the Asian Development Tour this season.

Unheralded U-minn Woon of Malaysia failed to follow up on his superb opening 68 and could only muster a 75, but it was still good enough for him to remain as the beat-placed local in joint fifth with Witchayanon Chothirunrungrueng of Thailand and Sam Lee of Fiji on matching 143s.

Zetterwall, who teed off from the 10th hole, left it late to pick up his first two birdies on 16 and 18 to turn in 36 before bogeying on the second for his only blemish of the day. The dropped shot, however, did not dampen his spirit as he bounced back to finish in style with three birdies on five, six and nine.

“I drove the ball really good from the tee which is important on this course and also put myself in the right position on the green.

“I could not have asked for a better finish with three birdies in the last five holes. It was quite windy towards the end but I still managed to his some good shots.

“The birdie on the par-three fifth was the highlight of the day. I hit it to about eight feet from the pin with a seven-iron. It's one of the toughest holes,” said Zetterwall.

Zetterwall aims to ride on the good momentum thus far in a bid to end his dreadful three-year title drought.

In 2016, he won two titles - the Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament presented by Panasonic  in Indonesia and ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic in the Philippines - to mark his career-best third place outing in the final Order of Merit standings.

The solid effort earned him a promotion to the Asian Tour the following year but it lasted only a season.

“I'm hitting the driver really well on this tight course. It suits my game. If I keep doing that, I'll definitely have a chance in the weekend.

“It's been three year since I last won in Jakarta. It would be great if I could finally win again,” added Zetterwall, who finished joint runner-up at the PGM Maybank Championship last year.

The halfway cut was set at nine-over-parwith a total of 51 players advancing into the final two rounds.

All ADT events offer Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points. The winner will receive six OWGR points while the top six players and ties will also earn points based on a sliding scale.

The top-seven finishers on the final Order of Merit will secure their Asian Tour cards for 2020.

Leading round two scores

136 - Oscar Zetterwall (SWE) 68-68

138 - Erwan Vielledent (FRA) 66-72, Atiruj Winaicharoenchai (THA) 71-67

141 - Joohyung Kim (KOR) 68-73

143 - U-Minn Woon (MAS) 68-75, Witchayanon Chothirunrueng (THA) 70-73, Sam Lee (Fij) 68-75

144 - Paul San (MAS) 73-71, Leunkwang Kim (MAS) 73-71, Ben Leong (MAS) 71-73, Seung Park (KOR) 73-71

145: Peradol Panyathanasedh (THA) 71-74, Sorachut Hansapiban (THA) 73-72, Pannakorn Uthaipas (THA) 72-73, Brian Jung (CAN) 73-72.

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