Pavit, richard, hung share lead in third round
Last Update: 18/08/2019
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 (Bernama) -- The race for the Sarawak Golf Championship title is getting stiffer with Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand, Richard T. Lee of Canada and Hung Chien-yao of Taiwan sharing the lead in the penultimate round of the tournament at the Damai Golf and Country Club in Kuching today.
Pavit, the 2014 Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit champion, carded eight birdies but dropped a bogey at hole 17th par three, to match the overall efforts of Lee and Hung, who signed for rounds of 64 and 68 respectively for a three-day total of 18-under-par 198.
"My driver this week is quite good. I hit a lot of fairways and gave myself a lot of chances for birdies. This course is not that long. I hit a lot of wedge. I holed a long putt today on the third. It’s about a 30-footer. Gave me a lot of confidence there. On the 12th, I made the putt from about nine yards off the green," according to Pavit in the Asian Tour website;www.asiantour.com.
"I wasn’t thinking about winning. I stayed relaxed out there and just enjoyed the round. I know I need to try and retain my card this year but I won’t give myself any pressure," added the 2016 Macau Open winner.
Asian Tour leader Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand, also the overnight leader, dropped to fourth place after posting a 70 for a three-day total of 17-under-par 199.
Meanwhile, Thai-Japanese golfer Kosuke Hamamoto stole the limelight after firing a flawless 10-under-par 62 to set a new course record at the Arnold Palmer-designed course.
The 20-year-old rookie carded five birdies on each nine to move into a share of eighth place on 201 total, three shots behind the leading trio in the US$300,000 (RM1.252 million) tournament.
The Sarawak Championship, which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, is organised by the Sarawak government to promote the 'Land of the Hornbills'.
Leading third-round scores:
198 - Pavit Tangkamolprasert (THA) 68-65-65, Richard T. Lee (CAN) 66-68-64, Hung Chien-yao (TPE) 64-66-68; 199 - Jazz Janewattananond (THA) 65-64-70; 200 - Sadom Kaewkanjana (THA) 66-67-67, Micah Lauren Shin (USA) 69-65-66, Andrew Dodt (AUS) 66-64-70; 201 - Miguel Tabuena (PHI) 65-65-71, Danthai Boonma (THA) 67-66-68, Kosuke Hamamoto (THA) 68-71-62. 202 - Lloyd Jefferson Go (PHI) 69-65-68, Justin Quiban (PHI) 64-71-67; 203 - Sam Lee (FIJ) 70-69-64, Tomoharu Otsuki (JPN) 67-68-68, Travis Smyth (AUS) 71-66-66; 204 - Mardan Mamat (SIN) 68-66-70, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit (THA) 69-66-69, Itthipat Buranatanyarat (THA) 68-67-69, Jack Harrison (ENG) 67-69-68, Liu Yanwei (CHN) 67-70-67.
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