Daeng Abdul Rahman sets early pace at PGM MNRB Tourney


NATIONAL youngster, Daeng Abdul Rahman Abdul Aziz (picture) fired a seven-under-par 65 to grab the opening round lead at the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) MNRB ADT Golf Championship at the Kelab Golf Sarawak in Kuching yesterday.

The 19-year-old, who is still looking to make a breakthrough in the Asian Development Tour (ADT) circuit, traded nine birdies against two bogeys to lead by four shots from Seung Park of South Korea and another local player, Kim Leun Kwang, in the RM225,000 tournament.

Another local golfer, Low Khai Jei, was tied in fourth place with nine others with matching 70s.

Daeng Abdul Rahman, who came in tied-fourth at the PGM Johor ADT Championship in March for his career-best ADT result, credited his good start due to brilliant iron play.

“I’m hitting the ball good, especially my approach shots as I managed to hit it really close to the pins, mostly about 10ft. I putted quite well too. I managed to roll in a birdie from more than 20ft on 12, which was massive because it made up for the bogey on the previous hole,”he was quoted as saying on the ADT website;www.asiantour.adt.

“I didn’t think that was going in to be honest, so it kind of boosted my confidence and kickstart the day.

“I got four straight birdies after that, and although I bogeyed again on 17, it was still a very solid opening nine. Four more birdies and bogey-free after crossing over, I’m absolutely pleased,” he added.

Daeng Abdul Rahman who has three PGM Tour titles under his belt, is vying to continue his fine run in the tournament as the winner will get six Official Golf World Rankings, which counts to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.