Sarawak, Malaysia, October 6: American Blake Snyder returned with the day’s lowest round of seven-under-par 65 to move atop the leaderboard following the penultimate round of the PGM MNRB Championship on Friday.
The 25-year-old Snyder, who started the round with a seven-shot deficit, fired eight birdies against one bogey for a three-day total of 11-under-par 205 at the RM200,000 (approx. US$44,600) event, co-sanctioned by the Asian Development Tour (ADT) and the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour.
Snyder, a one-time ADT winner in 2015, grabbed a one-shot advantage over Thailand’s Nirun Sae-Ueng, who slipped with a 73 after taking the first two rounds lead, at the Damai Golf and Country Club.
Placed ninth on the current Order of Merit, a victory will help Snyder break into top-five of the money list and edge closer to securing his Asian Tour card for the 2018 season. The winner of the PGM MNRB Championship will take home a prize purse of US$8,329.
“It was a fantastic round. Everything went well. I gave myself a lot of birdie opportunities and I putted well. I birdied all the four par-fives so that was good. I made a good birdie on the long par-three 15 too. I hit a four-iron to about 220 yards into the wind and sank a two-footer there.
“It was pretty windy today but I like the layout here. You just have to play smart around the course. Hopefully I can get into the rhythm of things as soon as I can for the final round tomorrow,” said Snyder, who has notched five top-10 results so far this season.
Singapore’s Johnson Poh carded a 68 to trail by three shots in third place alongside American John Catlin (70) and Order of Merit leader Masaru Takahashi (73) of Japan in what is the 13th leg of the ADT schedule this season.
The leading five players on the 2017 ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn playing rights on the region’s premier Tour in 2018.
All ADT events are afforded with Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) status. The winner of each tournament receives a minimum of six OWGR points while the top-six players and ties earn points on a sliding scale.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading third round scores:
205 - Blake SNYDER (USA) 69 71 65
206 - Nirun SAE-UENG (THA) 66 67 73
208 - Johnson POH (SGP) 70 70 68, John CATLIN (USA) 70 68 70, Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN) 69 66 73
209 - Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORN (THA) 72 71 66
211 - Sukree OTHMAN (MAS) 70 69 72
212 - Somsak KHAOPRATUM (THA) 72 68 72, Seungjae MAENG (USA) 70 69 73
213 - Phanuvich ONCHU (THA) 71 73 69, James BYRNE (SCO) 68 73 72
214 - Nattawat SUVAJANAKORN (THA) 71 71 72, Leunkwang KIM (MAS) 70 71 73
215 - Arie Irawan (MAS) 71 74 70, Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 72 73 70
216 - Josh SALAH (USA) 75 70 71, KHOR Kheng Hwai (MAS) 71 75 70, Pitipat PITIMANA-ARE (THA) 71 73 72, Oskar ARVIDSSON (SWE) 73 71 72, Kemarol BAHARIN (MAS) 74 74 68, Amir NAZRIN (MAS) 71 72 73, James BOWEN (USA) 72 69 75
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.