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Dodt and Fox lead Australasian challenge in Malaysia

Dodt is within just three of the lead (Photo: Henry Peters)
Queenslander Andrew Dodt is just three shots from the lead at the halfway mark of the Maybank Championship at the Saujuana Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur, the 32 year old’s second round of 65 having him in a share of 14th position and within striking distance of leaders Pachara Khongwatmai and Italian Nino Bertasio.  

Dodt shares leading Australasian honours with New Zealander Ryan Fox who added a second consecutive round of 68.  

Jason Norris made just his second European Tour cut since his win in Fiji last September when he added a round of 69 to be at 4 under and just inside the cutline but for the remainder of the Australians in the field the news was not quite so good

Jason Scrivener and Scott Hend will both just miss the cut by one, Scrivener’s double bogey at his 15th hole proving particularly costly when the dust finally settled while Hend’s recovery from a disappointing opening round of 75 with a 66 today was not quite good enough..

Terry Pilkadaris, Marcus Fraser, Todd Sinnott, Sam Brazel and Wade Ormsby will all have the weekend off which might be nice if working in the real world but not as a professional golfer.

18 year-old Khongwatmai has yet to win on the Asian Tour but has been a two time winner on the Asian Development Tour and has been four times runner-up in Asian Tour events so at his young age he is an outstanding talent.

He holds the record as the youngest amateur player at the age of 14 to win a professional tournament. He is also the youngest player at 15 to win on the Asian Development Tour (ADT).

"I’m very happy with my score," said Khongwatmai. "My plan is to shoot under-par every day and play against the course. I don’t want to think ahead or compare my score to another player. It is only two rounds so the tournament is not over yet. I want to focus day by day and hole by hole.

"I learnt a lot at the (recent) EurAsia Cup. My partner Hideto Tanihara taught me a lot and he calmed me down because I was very nervous."

For 29 year old Bertasio however he has a best of 5th on the European Tour where he has now played for several seasons although he has yet to win an event on either the Challenge or European Tours.

For both Khongwatmai and Bertasio therefore the next two days provide a platform to elevate their status in the game although with first round leader Chris Paisley, Scotland’s Marc Warren, Japanese star Yuta Ikeda and England’s Lee Westwood just one behind and a total of 24 players within three shots of the lead then they have a big task ahead.  






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