Chonburi, Thailand, July 1: Tirawat Kaewsiribandit of Thailand battled to a third round six-under-par 64 to grab the lead at the Betagro All Thailand Championship on Saturday.
Tirawat, chasing for a first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title, birdied the last hole from 10 feet to lead by one shot at the Laem Chabang International Country Club.
His three-day total of 17-under-par 193 was a stroke better than countryman and co-overnight leader Suradit Yongcharoenchai, who fired a 66 at the three million Baht (approximately US$87,209) ADT event.
The 27-year-old Tirawat got off to a shaky start when he bogeyed the opening hole but recovered with a pair of birdies on the second and third holes. He made a charge down the homeward stretch by shooting five birdies to put himself in prime position to win his first ADT title.
“I drove 12 fairways and if you do that, you can score. I was very confident with my putting as well so I stayed calm and trusted in my game,” said Tirawat.
“When I bogeyed the first hole, I told myself it is okay because you can make many more birdies on this golf course. It was the birdie on 10 which made me more relaxed and I returned with a nice score.
“I’m not thinking about winning because I don’t want to put pressure on myself. There are so many good players here and if you look at the leaderboard, there have been many low scores this week,” said Tirawat.
By featuring on the ADT schedule, the event will receive Official World Golf Ranking status, with the winner receiving a minimum of six points and the top-six players and ties earning points on a sliding scale.
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193 – Tirawat KAEWSIRIBANDIT (THA) 67 62 64
194 – Suradit YONGCHAROENCHAI (THA) 63 65 66
195 – Danthai BOONMA (THA) 66 64 65, Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORN (THA) 64 64 67
197 – Panuphol PITTAYARAT (THA) 65 69 63, Natipong SRITHONG (THA) 67 66 64
198 – Itthipat BURANATANYARAT (THA) 66 64 68
199 – Poom SAKSANSIN (THA) 68 66 65, Nattawat SUVAJANAKORN (THA) 69 65 65, Janne KASKE (FIN) 68 64 67
200 – John CATLIN (USA) 69 69 62, Sattaya SUPUPRAMAI (THA) 68 66 66, Blake SNYDER (USA) 67 66 67, Nick SHERWOOD (USA) 65 68 67, Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 65 67 68, Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 65 65 70
201 – Udorn DUANGDECHA (THA) 68 70 63, William CANNON (USA) 71 65 65, Peradol PANYATHANASEDH (THA) 71 62 68, Brett MUNSON (USA) 61 71 69, Settee PRAKONGVECH (THA) 65 67 69
202 – Kwanchai TANNIN (THA) 71 66 65, Jaturon DUANGPHAICHOOM (THA) 66 70 66, Chirat JIRASUWAN (THA) 67 68 67, Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA) 65 69 68, Wolmer MURILLO (VEN) 65 69 68
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.