Mardan can't tame 'Beast' and misses the cut

It is the end of the World Classic Championship road for Mardan Mamat after he posted a nine-over 151 after the first two rounds.
It is the end of the World Classic Championship road for Mardan Mamat after he posted a nine-over 151 after the first two rounds.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

He might have won a tournament on the World Classic course at Laguna National Golf and Country Club just six weeks ago.

But Singapore's top golfer Mardan Mamat, touted as one of the favourites in the World Classic Championship, became the latest victim of "The Beast" when he failed to make the cut for the weekend yesterday.

The 47-year-old shot a 77 to add to his opening 74 to be tied for 92nd on nine-over 151, three shots over the projected cut of 148.

His card was littered with five bogeys and a double bogey on the third hole.

Sixty-six golfers have yet to finish their rounds - play was halted owing to fading light after a two- hour rain delay in the afternoon.

  • LEADING SCORES

  • WORLD CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP, 2ND ROUND
  • 140 Scott Barr (Aus) 69 71

    141 Nicholas Fung (Mas) 74 67

    142 Namchok Tantipokhakul (Tha) 71 71, Jazz Janewattananond (Tha) 71 71, Siddikur Rahman (Ban) 71 71

    66 golfers yet to finish round.

Also missing the cut at the US$750,000 (S$1.07 million) Asian Tour event were David Lipsky, last year's Order of Merit winner, who slumped to a second-day 80 for a 156 total; and Singaporeans Quincy Quek (74, 150), Koh Dengshan (72, 151) and Lam Chih Bing (76, 153).

Said Mardan: "It was a tough day on a tough golf course. But I didn't feel that I played that badly today so I'm not at all disappointed.

"Some pin placements were a bit tough today, so when I hit some good shots on some holes, but it didn't reward me.

"Well, this is Laguna Classic."

Mardan has already set his sights on defending his Resorts World Manila Masters title next week.

He said: "I'm going to put myself in a positive frame of mind and look forward to next week. And I'm glad to have the weekend off to prepare for that (title defence)."

Australian Scott Barr continued to play to his strengths - familiarity with his home course - to seize the clubhouse lead. He finished on 71 to tally a two-under 140, one ahead of Nicholas Fung (67).

The Malaysian's score has so far been the lowest over the two days.

He sank five birdies and an eagle.

He said: "I missed only one fairway. For some holes out there, making bogey is already very good, you just have to try not to make anything worse than that and you should be safe."

Thais Namchok Tantipokhakul (71) and Jazz Janewattananond (71), as well as Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman (71) were a further stroke back.

Barr, whose two birdies were cancelled out by two bogeys, said: "I think I played well today.

"I was patient with my shots but I should have putted better.

"The greens here are ridiculously hard. Here, you play for targets, and there are just fractions of metres for error."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 14, 2015, with the headline 'Mardan can't tame 'Beast' and misses the cut'. Print Edition | Subscribe