Sabah Masters 2015, DAY 2 : Legendary Mardan Takes Over Lead

46 year old Singaporean Mardan Mamat stormed home with three birdies in his closing four holes to move to seven-under 135. [PHOTO CREDIT : WORLD SPORT GROUP / KHALID REDZA]

46 year old Singaporean Mardan Mamat stormed home with three birdies in his closing four holes to move to top spot at seven-under 135.
[PHOTO CREDIT : WORLD SPORT GROUP / KHALID REDZA]

It’s the second day of the Sabah Masters 2015 and Singapore legend Mardan Mamat, runner-up in 2013, took full advantage of the perfect morning conditions at Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club. Scoring six birdies for a five-under 66, he pulled two shots clear ahead of Malaysia’s up-and-coming professional Arie Irawan, who also shot a 66 today.

Irawan, a 24-year-old Tulsa graduate, was in inspired form as he snatched five birdies in a flawless display of golf. Finishing bogey-free today, the former national now finds himself in contention at this prestigious championship.

Masaru Takahashi in action on the second day of Sabah Masters 2015. [PHOTO CREDIT : WORLD SPORT GROUP / KHALID REDZA]

Masaru Takahashi of Japan in action on the second day of Sabah Masters 2015.
[PHOTO CREDIT : WORLD SPORT GROUP / KHALID REDZA]

Japan’s Masaru Takahashi, who is playing on sponsor’s invite, scaled the leaderboard with another 66 to take share of third on three-under 139 alongside Jay Bayron of the Philippines.

Dropping off the pace, Thailand’s Pipatpong Naewsuk had to settle for sole fourth today when he returned with a 72 after collecting three bogeys. Fellow Singaporean Koh Dengshan also took heed of his mentor’s exploits by firing six birdies in an impressive back nine display to haul himself into joint sixth on 141 with Malaysians Sukree Othman and Shaaban Hussin.

Mamat who is making his third consecutive appearance at the Sabah Masters, noted that the Graham Marsh-designed tract was proving to be a real test to his title ambitions. He says, “The course is definitely playing a lot harder. While you have a better view of the greens, they are playing really firm and it is not easy to read the lines. You need to stay composed because it’s not easy to roll a putt here, which places a premium on hitting it as close as possible to the pins”.

Leading First Round Scores (par-71)

135 – Mardan Mamat (SIN) 69-66
137 -Arie Irawan (MAS) 71-66
139 – Masaru Takahashi (JPN) 73-66, Jay Bayron (PHI) 72-67
140 – Pipatpong Naewsuk (THA) 69-71
141 – Sukree Othman (MAS) 73-68, Dengshan Koh (SIN) 75-66, Shaaban Hussin (MAS) 70-71
142 – Ratchapol Jantavara (THA) 70-72, Sutijet Kooratanapisan (THA) 69-73, Solomon Emilio Rosidin (MAS) 70-72
143 – Joeh Seik (INA) 72-71, Lim Eng Seng (MAS) 72-71, Nicholas Pua (MAS) 73-70, Natthapong Niyomchon (THA) 74-69, Song Gyu Yoo (KOR) 72-71, Wisut Artjanawat (THA) 70-73, Airil Rizman Zahari (MAS) 69-74, Kwanchai Tannin (THA) 72-71, Ben Leong (MAS) 74-69

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