Rookie Hits Albatross

The Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters, in Malaysia, is playing host to some interesting and eye opening performances, not least that of young rookie Ferdinand Aunzo, a Filipino who was granted his Tour Card earlier this year.

Playing some excellent golf, Aunzo shot an albatross at the fifth hole, a par five 518 yard, to record the first such in three years on the Asian Tour. He holed a 172 shot with a seven iron to make the historic mark.

The 30 year old was unaware of the significance of the score, and expressed surprise when asked about it afterwards:

Wow, really? I’m so lucky, I didn’t expect it to go in but it’s great that it did. I was in the light rough after hitting my drive on the fifth hole and my approach hit the front of the green and rolled for about 20 yards before going in.”

The competitive nature of the event means that there is much to play for – not least the $300,000 purse – yet at five over par, Aunzo is far from guaranteed to make the cut to the next round.

Play at the Seri Selangor Golf Club has been suspended thanks to extreme weather, with heavy storms and lightning having already caused delays, and play will resume on Friday morning, weather permitting.

As things stand it is local hero Airil Rizman who remained at the top of the leader board despite his second round being less convincing than his opening record matching effort, and with Corey Harris of America one shot behind and a closely matched group in hot pursuit Rizman may have his work cut out to keep his name at the top of the list.

With many players having failed to complete their rounds when play was halted the scoreboard may well be facing some changes before the start of the next round.