Dodt in action this week – photo courtesy of Asian Tour
Australia’s Andrew Dodt is on target to continue the outstanding run of Queensland based professionals when he takes to the Kota Permai layout in Kuala Lumpur in round three of the Bandar Malaysia Open.
Although 77 players are yet to complete round two, Dodt was able to build on his opening round of 63 by adding a 68 on Friday to move one ahead of China’s Lu Yanwei through 36 holes. His lead appears safe irrespective of how the remainder of the field finish off their second rounds.
A month ago, Gold Coast based, Michael Sim, won the Queensland PGA Championship, followed a week later by the maiden win of another Gold Coast based golfer, Anthony Quayle, at the Queensland Open and just last week yet another Gold Coaster, Brad Kennedy, outlasted Lucas Herbert to win the New Zealand Open.
Dodt, who hails from Gatton west of Brisbane, missed the cut in New Zealand last week but bounced back immediately with his brilliant opening round on Thursday as he chases his 4th Asian Tour title, two of those events jointly sanctioned with the European Tour.
“It’s hard to back up a 63 but I did with a 68 today, pretty solid,” said Dodt. “I hit a lot of greens but didn’t hole as many putts as I did yesterday. But all in all, it’s a solid day’s work.
“I didn’t think I played cautious today. I just didn’t hit it as close. I didn’t have as many chances as I did yesterday. The pin positions were pretty difficult.
“I’m just playing a little bit technical with my swing. I thought about it a lot on the plane coming here. I haven’t been playing well before this week so I just wanted to throw it up a bit and just play the game.
“I’ve done that so far and happy to be in a good position with two more days to go. I’m just going to have fun, keep things simple and stay relaxed which is what I have done.”
South Australian, Wade Ormsby, who currently leads the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2019 courtesy of his win at the Hong Kong Open in January, is also well place in a share of 6th place currently after a second round of 65.