May 15: Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing fired his second successive seven-under-par 65 to maintain his lead in the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia today.
Lam confidently collected three birdies on the front nine and four on the back for a four stroke lead over Malaysia’s Danny Chia.
Chia shot a 66 at Emeralda Golf and Country Club, just outside Jakarta.
The tournament is the opening event of the season on the Mercedes-Benz Tour, which boasts 10 events this year.
Chia won the first event last year, The International Championship which was also played in Indonesia, but Lam is in the driver’s seat this time.
“The course really sets up well for me as there is not much rough and I can really attack the holes with my driver,” said Lam, who is brandishing a new driver which he only started using on Monday.
The 31 year old narrowly missed a birdie on 18 where he lipped out from 20 feet.
“I am comfortable being in the lead. I’d rather be in this position than anywhere else,” added Lam.
The Singaporean has enjoyed some fine form over the past six months. He won the Bilt Open on the Indian Tour last November and in January claimed the Singapore PGA Championship. In March he qualified for the British Open at the 36-hole qualifier in Singapore.
Chia will be paired with Lam in the third round and has one thing on his mind.
“I just better make sure Lam doesn’t get too far ahead. The way he is playing he’ll be hard to catch,” said Chia.
Malaysian Rashid Ismail is in third spot, seven behind Lam after carding a 68.
Filipino Angelo Que, winner of the Philippine Open last month, carded the same score and is a stroke further back.
The leading Indonesians are Maan Nasim, Ilyasak and Sanusi who are all 12 behind the leader.