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Josh Younger faces important weekend in Jakarta

Younger faces important final 36 holes in Jakarta (Photo: Bruce Young)
Australian golfer Josh Younger shares 5th place through 36 holes of the BNI Indonesian Masters at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club, Younger needing a good finish this week to ensure he retains his Asian Tour status for 2019.

Younger, who has come off the back of consecutive missed cuts at the Australian Open and the Australian PGA Championships, is currently in 70th place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2018 and likely needs a top five finish this week to ensure he is back on the Asian Tour next year without having to go through the qualifying process again.

Younger is, admittedly, six shots from leader 25 year old Poom Saksansin of Thailand, a former winner of the event who has opened up a three-shot lead over fellow countrymen Suradit Yongcharoenchai and Jakraphan Premsirigorn, but he is just three from those in second place.

Henrik Stenson, at 9 under and five from the lead, and defending champion Justin Rose, at 8 under and six from the lead, might yet be the greatest dangers over the weekend.

Younger’s main claim to fame during his career has been when runner-up behind Nick Cullen at the 2014 Australian Masters but this weekend is a very important stage of his career as he looks to consolidate his standing in Asia.

Jake Higginbottom shares 12th place at 6 under and eight from the lead, while of the other Australians likely to make the cut, Steven Jeffress is 21st, Scott Hend and Marcus Fraser 26th, Maverick Arncliff 34th, Jarryd Felton and Andrew Martin 41st.

Seeveral players are yet to finish their second rounds but are unlikely to impact the standings above. 

Jeffress, Hend, Fraser, Arncliff, Felton and Martin are all on the cusp of finishing inside the top 60 and regain full status but like Younger they will need a good final 36 holes to do so.

 

        

  

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