Kuala Lumpur, Nov 27 (IANS) Indian golfer Ajeetesh Sandhu dropped 12 places to be tied 14th as he scored one-over 72 in the second round of the rain-marred PGM MIDF KLGCC Championship which was reduced to 54 holes here on Friday. Ajeetesh, who scored four-under 67 in the first round on Wednesday, took his two-day total to three-under 139 — four shots behind Casey O’Toole of the United States and Janne Kaske of Finland at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club East Course.
On Friday, the Indian got birdies on the first, 11th and 13th holes against bogeys on the fifth and 16th, along with a double bogey on the par-four ninth hole. Bad weather forced officials at the RM200,000 (approximately $50,000) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event to shorten the tournament which is the second last stop on the ADT schedule. “Following several weather delays during the week, it has become clear that the completion of 72 holes within the required time frame is not feasible. Therefore officials and the sponsors have agreed that the tournament be decided over three rounds,” ADT Tournament Director Adnan Othman said in a statement. Meanwhile, O’Toole, the current Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit leader, and Kaske fired 70 and 68 respectively to lead on seven-under 135.
Raphael De Sousa of Switzerland charged into contention with a 67 to lie one shot back while eight other players including Greg Moss of the United States, Chanat Sakulpolphaisan, Masaru Takahashi of Japan and Malaysia’s Brandon Lau Ka Kin were a further two shots back from the leaders.