Lee takes advantage of rain to set pace at the PGM Northport ADT Championship


Fiji’s Sam Lee made good use of the soft greens at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club on Wednesday to turn in a six-under-par 66 and take a one shot lead after the opening round of the PGM Northport ADT Championship.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 21: Fiji’s Sam Lee made good use of the soft greens at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club on Wednesday to turn in a six-under-par 66 and take a one shot lead after the opening round of the PGM Northport ADT Championship. 

Lee’s lead came courtesy of six birdies on a rain soaked day which saw play halted for two hours. 

The 29-year-old said the soft greens enhanced his game. 

“I made the second shot on the third hole and from then on I played solid. The rain made the greens softer and it made putting a little easier,” said Sam. 

The two-time Fiji Open champion is hoping to maintain that lead with the same performance. 

“I feel confident, as long as you keep making putts you always have a chance. Hopefully I can play well enough to finish in the top seven Order of Merit.”

Brandon Lau, a seasoned campaigner on the ADT circuit, sits one shot away from Lee after he overcame a first hole bogey to notch six birdies.

“I’m happy with my round. I didn’t have the greatest of starts with the bogey on the first hole, and thankfully everything came around after that,” said Lau, who turned professional in 2015.     

Three-time Asian Tour runner-up Adam Blyth is among the chasing pack lurking two shots from Lee after he shot a 68. 

2017 ADT Order of Merit winner Pannakorn Uthaipas, meanwhile is tied-ninth after posting three-under-par 69. 

Pannakorn is chasing a second title this season, having already clinched the PGM ADT Johor Championship in March. 

The PGM Northport ADT Championship offers a total prize purse of RM225, 000.

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