Saksansin powers to three-shot lead at Indonesian Masters

Saksansin powers to three-shot lead at Indonesian Masters
By Reuters

14/12/2018 at 12:07Updated 14/12/2018 at 12:09

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Thailand's Poom Saksansin carded six birdies in his last nine holes to take a three-shot lead after two rounds at the Indonesian Masters on Friday.

The 25-year-old, who won the title at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club two years ago, signed for a bogey-free nine-under-par 63 to move 14-under at the halfway stage, three shots clear of compatriots Suradit Yongcharoenchai and Jakraphan Premsirigorn.

"This is not an easy course for me," Saksansin said. "My putting was very good today. I will just keep playing and stick to my strategy and routine and see how it goes."

Premsirigorn rediscovered the form that earned him a tied-second finish in Pakistan two months ago by scoring eight birdies against a lone bogey on the 11th hole to finish with a 65.

Yongcharoenchai sank an eagle at the par-5 ninth to make the turn at 31 before signing for a 66 to take a share of the second spot.

World number two Justin Rose, who recorded a wire-to-wire victory last year, sits six shots off the lead heading into the weekend.

Rose dropped two shots in four holes as he completed his weather-disrupted opening round of 68 in the morning session, and after an hour's rest, he went back to the tee to score six birdies and two bogeys for another 68.

"For sure today it was a struggle early in my round," he said. "It was a bit more windy today. I was one over par through eight holes and I kind of bounced back pretty well." (Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Larry King)