Bali, Indonesia, October 13: Wolmer Murillo of Venezuela took advantage of the slightly calmer playing conditions to sign for a bogey-free round of five-under-par 66, grabbing the outright lead by one at the Combiphar Players Championship on Friday.
Murillo, who started the day with a three-shot deficit, fired five birdies against no dropped shots to mark the day’s best score at the scenic New Kuta Golf, Bali. He sits atop the leaderboard with a three-day total of seven-under-par 206.
American Paul Harris carded a second straight 67 to sit in second place while Order of Merit leader Masaru Takahashi of Japan trails by two shots in third following a 68 at the US$100,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
Overnight leaders Mathiam Keyser of South Africa and Steve Lewton of England returned with matching 72s to slip to fourth place on 209 with another Englishman William Harrold (67), Malaysia’s Arie Irawan (68) and American John Catlin (70).
“The conditions were still today. It wasn’t as windy as it was in the first two rounds. I got off to a good start with two opening birdies. That gave me some momentum heading into the round. I made a good chip-in on the par-three eighth hole about six metres pin high from the left greenside,” said the 36-year-old Murillo.
“I enjoyed myself out there today. Everything was good overall, my short game and my putting. I was able to keep the ball in play. I will keep doing what I have been doing for tomorrow, stick to my routines and not push myself too much,” added the Venezuelan, who has been plying his trade in Asia since 2013.
The Combiphar Players Championship is the 14th leg of the ADT schedule and also the Tour’s second stop in Indonesia this season.
The winner of the Combiphar Players Championship will take home a prize purse of US$17,500 and receive six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points while the top-six players and ties earn points based on a sliding scale.
The leading five players on the final Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn their Asian Tour cards for the 2018 season.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading third round scores:
206 - Wolmer MURILLO (VEN) 71 69 66
207 - Paul HARRIS (USA) 73 67 67
208 - Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN) 70 70 68
209 - William HARROLD (ENG) 71 71 67, Arie Irawan (MAS) 71 70 68, John CATLIN (USA) 72 67 70, Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 70 67 72, Steve LEWTON (ENG) 69 68 72
210 - Michael BIBAT (PHI) 71 70 69, Pitipat PITIMANA-ARE (THA) 70 71 69, WANG Wei-lun (TWN) 73 68 69
211 - Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORN (THA) 69 75 67, Blake SNYDER (USA) 71 72 68
212 - Jay BAYRON (PHI) 74 70 68, Sorachut HANSAPIBAN (THA) 72 72 68
213 - Danny MASRIN (INA) 74 70 69, Phanuvich ONCHU (THA) 73 72 68, Wisut ARTJANAWAT (THA) 73 71 69, David GLEESON (AUS) 73 70 70, LIU Yan-wei (CHN) 72 69 72
214 - George GANDRANATA (INA) 73 71 70, Naraajie E. RAMADHAN PUTRA (A) (INA) 72 72 70, Benita KASIADI (INA) 73 68 73
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.