GOLF: Chan Shih-chang of Chinese-Taipei positioned to win the Asian Tour for the first time in five years after taking the lead in the third round of the Blue Canyon Phuket Championship yesterday (November 27) with American Sihwan Kim, who is looking for his first victory.
Chan Shih-chang from Chinese Taipei. Photo: Paul Lakatos / Asian Tour
They both clocked four 68s under on the Canyon Course at the Blue Canyon Country Club to drop to 14 under for the $ 1 million (B33mn) event, which marks the resumption of the Asian Tour after a 20-month break caused by COVID.
Overnight leader Sadom Kaewkanjana of Thailand shot 72 for third place within two steps, while another shot behind are Australian Scott Hend (65), Korean Joohyung Kim (69 ) and the American John Catlin (72).
âHappy to put myself in a good position for Sunday. I haven’t played in the final group since 2016, âChan said.
Chan has two Asian Tour titles under his belt, both of which were won in 2016, first in the King’s Cup here in Thailand and then in the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup in Japan. He is also a six-time winner of the Asian Development Tour, the latest to come in 2018.
He held the lead for much of the last nine, but bogeyed over 16 – which was his first abandoned shot in 51 holes.
âIt was like back then when I won the King’s Cup in 2016. It was also in Thailand. Thailand is my lucky country. But I won’t think so much for tomorrow. Just keep doing what I did.
Kim has played in Europe this year and is enjoying the warmer conditions this week.
âIt’s a little weird to play in this weather, to be so humid and hot, but yeah, I was looking forward to that,â he said.
âTomorrow I just have to keep him in the fairway and make some putts. Being in the fairway is essential on this golf course. If I can do that, my irons are pretty good right now, that will be good.
Sadom hasn’t exceeded par in 19 consecutive laps he has won the All Thailand Golf Tour four times in the past two months but almost broke his streak today.
He made the three-turn and appeared to fall but bounced three birdies in the last five holes.
Sadom said: âI didn’t touch my driver well in the first nine today, but things got better at the back. But the turning point came on the 13th. I gave myself a birdie chance on that hole and I made it. I felt confident again from there. Nice to continue and birdie 15 and 16. I felt good to fight on a tie. I still have a chance tomorrow.
14-year-old Thai golf phenomenon Ratchanon Chantananuwat continued to impress, returning a 68 to tie for 33. Yesterday he became the third youngest player to qualify on the Asian tour.
Scores after the third round of the Blue Canyon Phuket Championship taking place on the Blue Canyon CC 7257 Yards course (am – means amateur):
202 – Sihwan Kim (United States) 68-66-68, Chan Shih-chang (TPE) 66-68-68.
204 – Sadom Kaewkanjana (THA) 68-64-72.
205 – Scott Hend (AUS) 69-71-65, Joohyung Kim (KOR) 69-67-69, John Catlin (United States) 65-68-72.
206 – Berry Henson (United States) 70-69-67, Taehoon Ok (KOR) 70-67-69.
207 – Veer Ahlawat (IND) 70-70-67, Shiv Kapur (IND) 68-72-67, Paul Peterson (USA) 68-71-68, Justin Quiban (PHI) 69-70-68.
208 – Yoseop Seo (KOR) 71-71-66, Bio Kim (KOR) 70-71-67, Karandeep Kochhar (IND) 69-70-69, Ian Snyman (RSA) 66-72-70, Ben Leong (MAS ) 69-68-71, Phachara Khongwatmai (THA) 67-70-71.
209 – Kosuke Hamamoto (THA) 71-70-68, Kasidit Lepkurte (THA) 70-70-69, Suradit Yongcharoenchai (THA) 72-67-70, Wade Ormsby (AUS) 69-69-71.
210 – Nicholas Fung (MAS) 75-67-68, Natipong Srithong (THA) 72-70-68, Sam Brazel (AUS) 72-70-68, Sungho Lee (KOR) 72-68-70, Pavit Tangkamolprasert (THA )) 71-69-70, Richard T. Lee (CAN) 71-69-70, Suteepat Prateeptienchai (THA) 70-70-70, Seung Park (KOR) 72-68-70, Pawin Ingkhapradit (THA) 70- 68-72, Travis Smyth (AUS) 73-65-72.
211 – Ratchanon Chantananuwat (morning, THA) 71-72-68, Bongsub Kim (KOR) 72-67-72, Chang Wei-lun (TPE) 70-68-73.
212 – Chonlatit Chuenboonngam (THA) 71-72-69, Newport Laparojkit (THA) 73-68-71, Panuphol Pittayarat (THA) 70-70-72, Steve Lewton (ENG) 74-65-73.
213 – Doyeob Mun (KOR) 70-73-70, Dongeun Kim (KOR) 72-71-70, Sarit Suwannarut (THA) 70-73-70, Aadil Bedi (IND) 73-69-71, Nopparat Panichphol (THA ) 72-70-71, Kammalas Namuangruk (THA) 73-69-71, Danthai Boonma (THA) 69-73-71, Thaya Limpipolpaibul (THA) 71-70-72, Nirun Sae-Ueng (THA) 75-66 -72, Bjorn Hellgren (SWE) 69-68-76.
214 – Dodge Kemmer (USA) 69-74-71, Piya Sawangarunporn (THA) 71-72-71, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit (THA) 73-69-72, Heungchol Joo (KOR) 70-71-73, S Chikkarangappa (IND ) 68-73-73, Naras Luangphetcharaporn (THA) 71-70-73, Miguel Tabuena (PHI) 71-70-73, Tanapat Pichaikool (THA) 69-72-73, Sarun Sirithon (THA) 73-68-73 , Chapchai Nirat (THA) 70-69-75.
215 – Suttijet Kooratanapisan (THA) 71-72-72, Jake Higginbottom (AUS) 76-67-72, Ajeetesh Sandhu (IND) 70-71-74, Nitithorn Thippong (THA) 70-71-74, Viraj Madappa (IND ) 69-72-74.
216 – Ratchapol Jantavara (THA) 72-71-73, Sattaya Supupramai (THA) 74-67-75.
217 – Khalin Joshi (IND) 71-72-74, Waris Manthorn (THA) 72-71-74, Kwanchai Tannin (THA) 72-69-76.
218 – Chanachok Dejpiratanamongkol (THA) 74-68-76.
219 – Aman Raj (IND) 72-71-76, Jeev Milkha Singh (IND) 71-72-76.
220 – Wolmer Murillo (VEN) 70-70-80.
221 – Raththee Sirithanakunsak (THA) 69-71-81.