KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Ben Leong lost his patience to come in with a two-under 70 in the US$7 million (RM29 million) CIMB Classic today.
He ended up joint 29th in the 78-man field at TPC Kuala Lumpur.
The 32-year old admitted he lost his composure on the back nine especially on the 10th and 11th holes where he recorded a bogey and a double bogey.
Ben had posted five birdies for a two-day total of six-under 138.
“I played really solid the front nine but kind of lost it on the 10th and 11th. Kind of lost my patience out there but managed to get it back, made birdie on the 12th, hung in there,” he said.
“Maybe this is (because of) my sixth week in a row, so I’m kind of tired but it is what it is,” said Ben.
The Asian Tour professional had played five tournaments back-to-back with his best finishing of joint sixth at last week’s Yeangder TPC in Taiwan where he earned US$13,462 (RM56,000).
Ben aims to change his strategy going into today’s third round as he hopes to regain the same stride seen in the first round where he shot a four-under 68.
The other Malaysian in the field, Jeremiah Kim, encountered the same problems as the first day as he struggled on the back nine after starting from the first hole.
Despite the 23-year old’s brilliant start of three consecutive birdies, his efforts were ruined by the two double bogeys and two bogeys on the back nine.