21st August 2019 | Asian Development Tour
Lee takes advantage of rain to set pace at 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.