American shares lead at Cambodian Open

SIEM REAP, Cambodia (AP) — Bryan Saltus of the United States put his new putter to good use as he shot a 5-under 67 for a share of the lead after two rounds of the Cambodian Open on Friday.

Saltus joined first-round leader Adam Groom, with the Australian shooting a 68 in the $300,000 Asian Tour event.

This is the first Cambodian Open, played on one of just three golf courses in the Southeast Asian nation. It is being played in Siem Reap, the nearest town to the nation’s prime tourist attraction, the temple of Angkor Wat.

Groom and Saltus are three strokes in front of Anthony Kang of the U.S., England’s Ben St. John and Scotland’s Simon Dunn.

Saltus has a new putter for this tournament and had four birdies in the first four holes Friday.

“This new putter is great,” Saltus said. “I shot five birdies on the back nine on this course but someone could even shoot a 9 under. The greens are in good shape but the wind could make it difficult over the weekend.”

Groom was benefiting from a more laid-back approach, using the advice of his father.

“He told me that I shoot better when I’m relaxed on the course, so I listened to him and the results are showing this week,” Groom said.

“I will continue to have a calm approach over the weekend and look forward to a good finish.”

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