Jakarta, July 16: Brett Munson of the United States maintained his lead at the halfway stage of the US$60,000 Linc Group Jakarta Classic after shooting a three-under-par 69 on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old Munson stayed in front of the chasing pack with an eight-under-par 136 total to hold a one shot advantage over Englishman Grant Jackson, who returned with a 68 at the Imperial Klub Golf.
Niall Turner of Ireland and Mathiam Keyser of South Africa were a further shot back in tied third on 138 while Japan’s Konosuke Nakazato, Michael Moore of Australia, I Ketut Sugiarta of Indonesia and Shang Zhi of China shared fifth place on 141.
Munson was even-par at the turn before shooting three birdies on his homeward nine to put himself in good position to seal his second victory on the burgeoning Tour, which is the gateway to the Asian Tour.
“I played consistently but I need to eliminate the three putts because I had one each day. It is a good feeling to have when you are at the top of the leaderboard but we are only halfway through the tournament. I’m still going out there to take one shot at a time,” said Munson.
The American believes that the confidence gained when he won his first ADT title in Malaysia in March will put him in good stead against the talented cast gathered at the Linc Group Jakarta Classic.
“Once you’ve won, you have proven it to yourself that you can win and it gives you some confidence. Hopefully I can continue my form,” added Munson, who is ranked third on the Order of Merit.
Jackson charged up the leaderboard with seven birdies against three bogeys highlighted by a huge 40-feet birdie putt on the par three fifth hole. The Englishman was delighted that his hard work during the break is starting to pay off.
“I’m coming here with the mind set of winning and this is a good position to be in. I trained a lot using the TrackMan Golf device and the Aimpoint Express. My putting and hitting have improved so I’m pleased with my game and results so far,” said Jackson, who has one ADT victory.
The halfway cut was set at five-over-par 149 with a total of 56 players progressing into the final two rounds.
This season, the ADT will reward the top five players on the final Order of Merit with playing rights for the 2015 Asian Tour season. Previously, the top-three players were offered Asian Tour cards since the ADT’s launch in 2010.
Leading second round scores:
136 – Brett MUNSON (USA) 67 69
137 – Grant JACKSON (ENG) 69 68
138 – Niall TURNER (IRL) 70 68, Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 70 68
141 – Konosuke NAKAZATO (JPN) 71 70, Michael MOORE (AUS) 72 69, I Ketut SUGIARTA (INA) 71 70, Shang ZHI (CHN) 72 69
142 – Mitchell SLORACH (SIN) 71 71, Annop TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 69 73, Peter RICHARDSON (ENG) 72 70, Ian ANDREW (INA) 70 72
143 – Clarke LUTTON (SCO) 71 72, Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 71 72, Unho PARK (AUS) 72 71, Jack MUNRO (AUS) 71 72, CHOO Tze Huang (SIN) 73 70, George GANDRANATA (INA) 73 70, Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN) 72 71
144 – Fajar WINURYANTO (INA) 73 71, Rory HIE (INA) 71 73, Danny MASRIN (A) (USA) 73 71
145 – Jordan SHERRATT (AUS) 71 74, YE Jian-feng (CHN) 74 71, Joshua Andrew WIRAWAN (INA) 73 72
146 – Kurnia Herisiandy SANTOSO (INA) 71 75, Tenka TERADA (JPN) 72 74, Casey O’TOOLE (USA) 74 72, Jake STIRLING (AUS) 74 72, Mars PUCAY (PHI) 74 72, Arie IRAWAN (MAS) 77 69, Yuki USAMI (JPN) 76 70
Source: Asian Tour