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Kaske is first Finn to win on ADT Tour

Janne Kaske produced a battling seven-under 65 to become the first player from Finland to win on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) at the PGM MNRB Sarawak Championship yesterday.

The 29-year-old Kaske missed a two-foot par putt on the third hole for his only bogey of the day, before fighting back with eight birdies to triumph by four shots with a total of 12-under 276 at the Kelab Golf Sarawak.

Overnight leader Erwan Vieilledent of France returned with a 72 for second place in the RM200,000 ($75,000) event, reported asiantour.com.

FINAL SCORES

276: Janne Kaske 72-67-72-65.

280: Erwan Vielledent 69-68-71-72.

281: Masaru Takahashi 70-72-69-70, 
Airil Rizman 67-69-74-71, 
Casey O'Toole 70-68-72-71.

SINGAPOREAN SCORES

285: Choo Tze Huang 72-70-69-74.

286: Koh Dengshan 72-69-73-72.

287: Lam Chih Bing 72-74-70-71.

305: Reagan Png 73-73-81-78.

Simpson and Streb ahead, but Rory lurks

Webb Simpson fired seven birdies in a five-under 67 to grab a share of the lead alongside Robert Streb yesterday morning (Singapore time) at Quail Hollow, where world No. 1 Rory McIlroy was poised for a weekend push.

Simpson's second-straight 67 gave him a 10-under total of 134, tied with first-round leader Streb, who carded a 69. They were two strokes in front of Americans Martin Flores and Patrick Rodgers, Flores posting a 67 and Rodgers a 68 for a 136 total.

McIlroy, meanwhile, made the most of his good breaks, firing five birdies without a bogey in a 67 that left him tied for fifth on 137 alongside five-time Major champion Phil Mickelson (66) and Will MacKenzie (68).

- AFP.

Rookie Lee provides push for youth

American rookie Alison Lee, vying to continue the youth movement on the US LPGA Tour this season, fired a four-under 67 yesterday morning (Singapore time) to take the halfway lead at the Kingsmill Championship.

Lee's nine-under total of 133 gave her a two-stroke lead over another LPGA rookie, Australian Lee Min Jee, and France's Perrine Delacour in Williamsburg.

Min Jee carded a 67 highlighted by an eagle at the par-five third hole, while Delacour posted a 68 for 135.

Both Alison and Min Jee are hoping to follow the example of South Korean rookie Kim Sei Young, who has already won twice this season. - AFP.

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