Victorian Josh Younger maintained his hot streak to sign for a blemish-free seven-under-par 65 and grab the halfway lead by one at the BNI Indonesian Masters supported by Bank BRI and MedcoEnergi on Friday.
Younger, who claimed his first victory in his 10 years as a professional two weeks ago at the NSW Open, returned with another flawless round highlighted by seven birdies to cap a two-day total of 13-under-par 131 at the highly acclaimed Royale Jakarta Golf Club.
“It’s been great so far. Didn’t make any bogeys in two rounds,” Younger said. “The swing’s feeling pretty good too. Conditions were really nice out there. I thought we won’t be able to finish yesterday but the weather held up nicely. It was hotter today but it’s still alright.
“I just got my first professional win two weeks ago in New South Wales. It was nice to finally get my breakthrough. It’s my first win in almost 10 years as a professional. I didn’t play as good last week but nice to regain some hot form this week.”
Overnight co-leader Keith Horne of South Africa signed for a 67 to take second place while Thai hotshot Gunn Charoenkul, who just rounded off a commendable season on the Japan Golf Tour last week, carded a bogey-free 65 to take third place on 133.
RIGHT: Defending champion Poom Saksansin bounced back in round two with a second round 68. PHOTOS: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images (right) David Tease/Golf NSW (top).
Alex Cejka of Germany registered a 66 to settle three shots off the pace in fourth while American Sihwan Kim, Thai star Prom Meesawat and India’s Shiv Kapur shared fifth place on matching 135s following rounds of 66, 68 and 65 in the popular event, which forms the third leg of the 2019/20 Panasonic Swing.
Joshua Andrew Wirawan emerged as the highest-ranked Indonesian after he signed for a 66 to tie in 12th place on 137. Wirawan is one of the five local prospects, including amateur Naraajie Emerald Ramadhanputra, to make the halfway cut set at one-under-par 143.
After opening his title defence with a 73, Thailand’s Poom Saksansin bounced back with a 68 to move to tied-39th place while countryman and 2019 Order of Merit champion Jazz Janewattananond settled seven shots off the lead in tied-14th place following a 70.
A total of 68 players, ranked into top-65 and ties after 36 holes, progressed into the weekend rounds of the BNI Indonesian Masters, which is celebrating its ninth straight edition on the Asian Tour.
“I'm just going to keep playing my own game and, hopefully my good form continues and I can hold a few putts,” Younger said as he prepares for the weekend.
By being the flagship event of the Asian Tour, the BNI Indonesian Masters will award the winner with 20 Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points, ensuring more players benefit from the points breakdown.
The winner of the 2019 BNI Indonesian Masters will again receive a coveted spot in the World Golf Championships – FedEx St. Jude Invitational in 2020.