Brilliant Zamal climbs to top

Staff Correspondent | Published at 12:05am on May 11, 2018


Bangladeshi golfer Zamal Hossain Mollah celebrates a birdie during the second round of the AB Bank Bangladesh Open at the Kurmitola Golf Course in Dhaka on Thursday.— AFP photo

Zamal Hossain Mollah put nearly an immaculate performance to climb to the top of AB Bank Bangladesh Open with a six-under-par 65 at the end of the second day’s play at the Kurmitola Golf Course on Thursday.
Zamal, who finished runners up in an Asian Development Tour event at the same course two weeks ago, carded eight birdies after starting the second round’s play with a double-bogey in another rain-hit day.
The 33-year-old golfer, who has two PGTI titles under his belt, was joined by Malcolm Kokocinski of Sweden at the top of the leader-board on a day when most of the other local golfers failed to shine.
The leading duo holds a one-shot advantage with a two-day total of eight-under-par (134) while Thailand’s Suttijet Kooratanapisan marked the low round of the week when he carded a flawless 64 to sit in second place at the 300,000-dollar event.
Asian Tour Qualifying School graduate Ben Campbell of New Zealand, American Paul Harris and Divyanshu of India shared fifth place on 136s following respective rounds of 66, 66 and 69 while the second-best placed Bangladeshi was Mohammad Robin at two-under-par (140).
Siddikur Rahman, the two-time Asia Tour winner and the leading golfer of was a further shot behind, having finished only nine holes alongside Sajib Ali who managed to complete his round.
Play was suspended at 10.27am local time due to thunderstorm before resuming two and a half hours later. It was later called off for the day at 6.13pm due to fading light.
A total of 72 players will resume their second rounds at 6.20am to with the third and penultimate round slated to start not earlier than 10.15am.
‘This is my home course and I am very familiar with it. It always feels good to play here,’ Zamal told the Asian Tour at the end of day’s play.
‘I finished well when I played the two ADT events here earlier this season. Tee shots are the key to playing well on this course. Putting has to be consistent too.’
Zamal lamented the double bogey that he suffered at the start of second round, which in turn denied him a solo lead.
‘I made only one mistake on the second hole for double-bogey. I hit my tee shot to the left and hit my second shot with a seven-iron into the rough. Sent my third shot into the bunker from there, chipped out to greenside and then two-putted there,’ Zamal said.