Hua Hin, Thailand, December 3: Peradol Panyathanasedh of Thailand holed a huge birdie putt on the last hole to grab a three-shot lead in the third round of the ADT Thongchai Jaidee Foundation on Saturday.
The 27-year-old, searching for a first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title, sank a 45-foot putt on the 18th hole to end the day on three-under-par 69 at the award-winning Black Mountain Golf Club.
Kasidit Lepkurte of Thailand also shot a 69 to trail in second place while Chapchai Nirat (67), Pannakorn Uthaipas (70) and Udorn Duangdecha (72) are a further shot back at the four million Baht (approximately US$115,770) ADT event.
After changing his name from Varut Chomchalam over a year ago, Peradol has enjoyed better fortunes as he leads in the ADT Thongchai Jaidee Foundation on nine-under-par 207.
“My dad got sick (brain cancer) and we went to the temple for advice. The monk told us that our whole family must change our name for better luck and we did it. It is normal for Thai people to change their names,” said Peradol, who traded six birdies against three bogeys.
A two-time winner on the local Thai circuit, Peradol hopes to secure his career’s biggest victory in front of his idol and tournament host Thongchai Jaidee.
“I feel very comfortable playing on this course. There are many good players behind me but I’m only thinking about my own game and not about other people. It will mean a lot to me if I can pull off this win because it will be an honour to Thongchai and for the Thai people,” said Peradol.
Defending champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand slipped down the leaderboard following a 73. He trails Peradol by six shots heading into the final 18 holes.
Leading Rd 3 scores:
207 - Peradol PANYATHANASEDH (THA) 68 70 69
About Asian Development Tour
The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.