Late flourish lifts Ben to joint sixth at Blue Canyon

PETALING JAYA: A late surge of form was enough to carry Malaysia’s Ben Leong to the sixth spot in the Blue Canyon Phuket Championship.

After finishing with a bogey on the front nine, Ben turned his game around by sinking five birdies in the last six holes to finish on four-under 68 at the Blue Canyon Country Club yesterday.

Ben’s two-day total of seven-under 137 saw him share the sixth spot with Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai, Sweden’s Bjorn Hellgren and South Korea’s Ok Tae-hoon.

Nicholas Fung also joined Ben to make the cut for the weekend.

The Sabah-born Nicholas carded a five-under 67 to go through in joint 51st position on two-under 142 but it was over for the Green brothers – Gavin and Galven.

Olympian Gavin put up a three-under 69 for a two-day total of even-par 144 but it was short by one stroke for the weekend cut while Galven missed it after a two-over 74 to finish on three-over 147.

Thai golfer Sadom Kaewkanjana led the field by one shot after a flawless eight-under 64. The 23-year-old, who just won the Thailand Open this month, is on top of the leaderboard with a total of 12-under 132.

American John Catlin slipped to second spot after a four-under 68 for a two-day total of 11-under 133.