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Sadom fires brilliant 62 to seize halfway lead

  • Published at 02:31 pm April 4th, 2019
Thailand's Sadom Kaewkanjana in action during day two of the Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open in Dhaka Thursday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

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.

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.


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.

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