Golf: Holman stays in front at Maybank Championship Malaysia

Nathan Holman of Australia hits a shot during round 2 of the 2016 Maybank Malaysia Championship golf tournament in Kuala Lumpur.
Nathan Holman of Australia hits a shot during round 2 of the 2016 Maybank Malaysia Championship golf tournament in Kuala Lumpur.PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Unheralded Nathan Holman of Australia used flawless putting down the stretch to widen his lead to two strokes at the midway point of the Maybank Championship Malaysia on Friday.

The strapping 24-year-old, who is ranked 176th in the world, manhandled the tree-lined fairways of the par-71 Royal Selangor Golf Club for a second straight day.

His six-under 65 followed an opening 64 and took him to 13 under for the tournament.

Earlier in the day, England's world No. 13 Danny Willett had caught Holman on the leaderboard at eight under. But Holman, who teed off later, fired on all cylinders again to pull away.

Besides driving the ball an average of 300 yards, Holman's putting was superb, particularly down the stretch. He holed three straight one-putt birdies from 15 through 17 to put some daylight between himself and the pack.

Holman is now two strokes ahead of England's Richard Bland and five shots clear of a group of four golfers led by Willett.