Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Atiruj pulls four clear

Nov 30. 2019
Atiruj Winaicharoenchai of Thailand (Asian Development Tour picture)
Atiruj Winaicharoenchai of Thailand (Asian Development Tour picture)
Facebook Twitter


3,586 Viewed

Kuala Lumpur - Atiruj Winaicharoenchai of Thailand is on the brink of securing his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) victory after firing a seven-under-par 65 on Friday to take a four-shot lead into the final round at the PGM Maybank ADT Championship.


Atiruj, nicknamed the Dragon, notched seven birdies in his bogey-free scorecard to reach the 54-hole mark at 15-under-par 201 at the Saujana Golf and Country Club.

Local star Amir impressed with a 68 to give himself another shot at chasing for a maiden ADT victory after coming close with a runner-up finish in Indonesia last year.

Thailand’s Sarit Suwannarit settled a further shot back in third following a 69 while compatriot Nirun Sae-ueng takes fourth place on 207.

Shinichi Mizuno of Japan, Suttijet Kooratanapisan of Thailand and Matt Killen of England, who shared the third-round lead with Atiruj, faded away after mustering matching 72s to trail by six shots in fifth position.

"I continued to hit it very well especially my approach shots. I managed to find the green 16 time today and all my seven birdies were within 15 feet,” said the 19-year-old Atiruj.

"If I keep playing the way I did today, I believe the victory is within my reach. My goal is to shoot a three-under and hopefully that will be good enough to earn me my breakthrough on the ADT.

"If I can do that, it will be such a good achievement considering I have just turned pro last year. This will stand me in good stead ahead of the Asian Tour Q-School next year where I hope to earn my card,” added the young Thai.

Leading third round scores:

201 - Atiruj Winaicharoenchai 66 70 65

205 - Amir Nazrin 68 69 68206 - Sarit Suwannarut 68 69 69

207 - Nirun Sae-Ueng 72 66 69

208 - Shinichi Mizuno 66 70 72, Suttijet Kooratanapisan 68 68 72, Matt Killen 68 68 72

209 - Gavin Green 71 68 70, Seung Park 71 68 70

210 - Ryuichi Oiwa 69 68 73

211 - Joshua Andrew Wirawan 72 71 68, Ben Leong 74 68 69, Quincy Quek 70 69 72, Wolmer Murillo 69 69 73, Kwanchai Tannin 67 71 73

212 - Oscar Zetterwall 72 71 69, Choo Tze Huang 67 77 68

213 - Adam Blyth 71 72 70

Facebook Twitter
More in Sport
Editor’s Picks
Top News