SMBC Singapore Open 2018

Golf: Local golfer Choo Tze Huang leads Singapore's challenge at SMBC Singapore Open

Singapore's Choo Tze Huang teeing off on the second day of the SMBC Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club yesterday. The 30-year-old is on three under after two rounds, four shots behind clubhouse leader Chapchai Nirat of Thailand.
Singapore's Choo Tze Huang teeing off on the second day of the SMBC Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club yesterday. The 30-year-old is on three under after two rounds, four shots behind clubhouse leader Chapchai Nirat of Thailand.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

S'porean Choo four behind clubhouse leader with three others set to meet cut

He finished tied for 39th last year and local golfer Choo Tze Huang is aiming for a higher finish at this year's SMBC Singapore Open.

The 30-year-old did his chances no harm when he shot a two-under 69 in the second round yesterday at Sentosa Golf Club's Serapong Course for a two-day total of three-under 139, four shots behind clubhouse leader Chapchai Nirat (134) of Thailand.

"I'd like to finish in the top 10, maybe give myself a chance to contend but, right now, I just want to enjoy my golf," said Choo. "There's always pressure playing in front of your home crowd, but I want to go out there, soak in the atmosphere and just keep plodding away."

Three other Singaporeans are also set to make the projected cut of one over at the US$1 million (S$1.32 million) Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour co-sanctioned event.

Amateur Jesse Yap (72) and Koh Dengshan (72) managed to finish their rounds before play was suspended due to lightning threat.

Amateur Gregory Foo, who shot a 69 on day one, was two under through eight holes in the second round before play was stopped.

The 24-year-old hopes to carry on with the same momentum when he returns to the 7,398-yard course this morning to complete his second round.

AIMING HIGH

I'd like to finish in the top 10, maybe give myself a chance to contend but, right now, I just want to enjoy my golf.

CHOO TZE HUANG , Singapore golfer, on his chances at the SMBC Singapore Open.

"It was birdie-birdie-par on the last three holes I played, and I want to go into (today) with the same mental state. There are always nerves, but I want to keep the same approach and not get ahead of myself," said Foo, who finished tied for 59th last year.

"I'm aiming to finish in the top 30, but I don't think about that while I'm playing. I just want to focus on what I can control, and commit to the shots that I take and see where it takes me."

Six other local golfers looked set to miss the cut. Quincy Quek was the Republic's best finisher (T-26) last year but his three-over 145 is unlikely to earn him weekend play.

Likewise for Singapore's No. 1 Mardan Mamat (+10), Mitchell Slorach (+4), Johnson Poh (+7), Marc Ong (+12) and Joshua Shou (+14).

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 20, 2018, with the headline 'Four flying the flag'. Print Edition | Subscribe