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.


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