The 20-year-old Thai fired an eagle and eight birdies against a bogey to grab a three-shot lead with his 15-under-par 127 total at the highly-rated Kurmitola Golf Club
Tour rookie Sadom Kaewkanjana of Thailand stole the limelight after carding his personal-best round of a nine-under-par 62 to storm to the top of the leaderboard, seizing the halfway lead at the Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open Thursday.
The 20-year-old Thai fired an eagle and eight birdies against a bogey to grab a three-shot lead with his 15-under-par 127 total at the highly-rated Kurmitola Golf Club.
Sadom’s commendable round saw him set the lowest 18-hole and 36-hole scores in the National Open of Bangladesh.
His three-shot advantage is also the largest halfway lead recorded in the tournament, which is celebrating its fifth edition on the Asian Tour this week.
In-form Rashid Khan of India returned with a bogey-free 64 in the afternoon to grab second place on his own while overnight leader Maverick Antcliff of Australia slipped six shots off the pace to third following a battling 70 at the $350,000 Asian Tour event.
Local hero Siddikur Rahman emerged as the highest-placed Bangladeshi on the leaderboard after posting a 68 to share fourth place with Japan’s Mikumu Horikawa (67) and Viraj Madappa of India (66) on matching 134s.
Md Muaj took the local crowd by surprise emerging as the highest-placed Bangladeshi after carding six-under-par 65 to share second place while Maverick Antcliff took a two-shot solo lead on his debut appearance at Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open Wednesday.https://t.co/PqYajA2Kfo#BGF— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) April 3, 2019
Starting from the 10th, Sadom reeled in two straight pars before a birdie on the 12th sparked a hot streak which saw him go five-under in the next four holes.
He dropped a shot on the 17th hole but would gain it back swiftly with a birdie on 18th to turn in 30.
Sadom went on to add three more birdies on his back nine to cap a superb round, which saw him navigate his way around the greens in only 24 putts, including a 13-footer for eagle on the par-five 14th hole.
A total of 70 players, including a record number of 12 local professionals, survived the halfway cut set at one-over-par 143.
The Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open 2019 welcomed a new title sponsor in the National Bank Ltd, a public limited bank in Bangladesh.
The tournament has been named in honour of the father of the nation of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
WHAT THEY SAID
Sadom Kaewkanjana (THA) Second round 62 (-9)
My goal was just to shoot under-par. I didn’t expect to play so well. I am really happy. My putting is very good. I got off to a solid start. I had a great run from the 12th hole. I was just hitting fairways and greens and then making putts. It felt great. It’s my first time playing this tournament but I have played here before when I was still an amateur four years ago.
Rashid Khan (IND) Second round 64 (-7)
It was a good round. The way I started was great. I missed the greens on my first three holes but managed to make up and downs for pars. Made a really long putt for birdie on fifth. I think it’s about a 20-footer. I carried on that good momentum and birdied sixth and seventh and made another one on ninth to turn in four-under. I made some good putts after the turn. Just rolled past the hole. I hit it to about two-feet on the 13th and made another birdie there.
Maverick Antcliff (AUS) Second round 70 (-1)
It was alright. I was hitting it nicely at the start. Just got into a bit of trouble on the 17th and 18th holes. A couple of three-putts there but played really nicely on the fifth and sixth. Unfortunately, three-putted from 12 feet to bogey the eighth hole coming in but overall, it was still pretty solid. Wind was up a little bit but that was expected every afternoon. I made a nice birdie on 10th which got me settled down for a little bit. I hit a nice shot to about six feet and then on the 12th, I hit a nice shot to about two-feet for birdie too.
Siddikur Rahman (BAN) Second round 68 (-3)
It was another good round, except for the last hole. I made a silly bogey there. But I have no complaints, it was a wonderful day. I am happy to shoot eight-under for the first two days here. I am happy with the way I played. I putted well. I am hitting the ball good too. Making putts will be the key to score this week. I wish to keep to the same rhythm, nothing changes. I am hoping for the best.