Nirun’s boat comes in at Port Dickson

Port Dickson, October 15: Thailand’s Nirun Sae-Ueng snatched the halfway lead at the PGM-ASEAN PGA PD Championship on Thursday thanks to an accomplished 68 in the second round.

The promising 20 year old, winner of the PGM Sabah Championship in May, is a stroke clear of overnight leader Natthapong Niyomchon, who shot 70, and Michael Bibat of the Philippines, in with a 68.

Nirun sits on seven-under 135 in the joint sanctioned ASEAN PGA Tour-PGM Tour event at Port Dickson Golf & Country Club.

After a birdie on the second hole, Nirun went into cruise control with 11 straight pars before making his move down the stretch with three birdies offset by a bogey.

He is enjoying a successful 2015 season with five top-10 finishes on the Asian Development Tour, including his win in Sabah.

Thailand’s Natthaphong, currently 15th on the ASEAN PGA Tour Order of Merit, failed to reproduce his first day fireworks with just two birdies on his card. He led after the first round with an error-free 66.

Bibat, bronze medallist at the 2006 Asian Games before turning professional, shot his second successive 68, thanks to four birdies and a single bogey.

Malaysia’s Muhammad Abdul Manaf climbed up the leaderboard to fourth place – two strokes adrift of Nirun – after a bogey-free 66.

Countryman Kemarol Baharin, joint second after the first round, slipped four shots behind the leader after a one-over-par 72 that featured three birdies and four bogeys.

He is chasing his second ASEAN PGA Tour title of the season after his victory at the PGM-ASEAN PGA UMW Impian Championship in April.