Despite missing out on a top-eight position where the seeded players will receive a bye into the last 16, the three-time Asian Tour winner is in a relaxed mood ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Australia's Steven Jeffress at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club.
The 23-year-old posted a three-day total of seven-under-par 209 to end the day three shots back of Sweden’s Per Langfors, who returned with a 64 to emerge as the 54-hole stroke play leader.
"It’s going to be fun. I’ve never played this format before and this is the first time I’ve made the cut and playing on a Sunday. I’m looking forward to it. I just got to go in fresh tomorrow and not think about other things. I have to play every shot like it’s my last shot. Just play your best, every shot. I’m just happy I’m inside the top-24 and anything can happen on Sunday," said the world No 77.
Panuphol Pittayarat, who took a share of the overnight lead, left it late to seal his place in Sunday’s match play rounds after signing for a 74.
The Thai was among the 11 players vying for one of the last 10 spots in the play-offs and safely punched his ticket with a par that will see him go head-to-head with England's Ben Evans in the first knockout rounds on Sunday.
"It was very windy and tough out there today. I birdied 14 and 15 to get back to seven-under and then bogeyed the last. But I had a great up and down and I’m really happy I’m through. That third shot on the play-off hole was extremely important and I’m glad I hit it so close to the hole. I lost control of the ball especially in my front-nine but I’m standing here right now and I’m playing on Sunday. That’s all that matterrs," said Panuphol in his ninth season on the Asian Tour with two titles under his belt.
Zimbabwean Scott Vincent will also take on Wade Ormsby of Australia in the first round after a par at the first play-off hole confirmed his place as one of the top-24 players.