Overnight leader Itthipat extends his lead at the PGM MIDF Championship

Fri 19 Oct 2018

Overnight leader Itthipat extends his lead at the PGM MIDF Championship


Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, October 19: Thailand’s Itthipat Buranatanyarat remained on course for his third Asian Development Tour (ADT) win after signing for one-under-par 71 at the penultimate round of the PGM MIDF Championship on Friday.

The 25-year-old Thai sits atop the leaderboard on a 12-under-par 204 total, two strokes ahead of American Sam Gillis who carded a 68 to take second place on 206 at the RM225,000 (approx. US$58,000) event.

Compatriot Poom Pattaropong took outright third place on 209 following a 70 while Singapore’s Abdul Hadi secured fourth place following a 73 at the Kota Seriemas Golf and Country Club.

Itthipat, currently ranked 13th on the ADT Order of Merit, traded one birdie against two bogeys to turn in 37, he pressed on to grab two more birdies on his way home for a 34.

“I was a little rushed at the start of the round because I felt excited being in the lead. I didn’t play as good as I did the first two rounds but I managed to make a couple of good putts.

“I am feeling a little tired from playing so many holes today but I will just have a good rest tonight and try my best tomorrow,” said Itthipat, who has capped two top-five finishes in his last three starts prior to this week.

The 23-year-old Gillis, who started the round with a five-stroke deficit, managed to find some momentum in his third round to move into contention.

“I haven’t been hitting it very good the last couple of rounds but I managed to find something today in my swing. I gave myself a lot of chances for birdies and made a pretty good birdie on hole three when I pitched it close from 80 yards and almost holed it,” said Gillis.

Relishing the excitement of being in contention but knowing a lot can happen in the final round, Gillis will adopt the same game plan as he stays in position for his maiden victory on the ADT.

“I don’t feel any different about being in contention because I have been in this position a couple of times now and I am just going to go out there and do the same thing I have been doing,” said Gillis, who enjoyed a runner-up finish in August.

The leading seven players on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn playing rights on the Asian Tour for the 2019 season.

All ADT events are afforded with Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points with the winner earning a minimum of six OWGR points while the top-six players and ties earn points on a sliding scale.

Leading third round scores:

204 - Itthipat BURANATANYARAT (THA) 67 66 71

206 - Sam GILLIS (USA) 68 70 68

209 - Poom PATTAROPONG (THA) 70 69 70

210 - Abdul Hadi (SGP) 72 65 73

211 - Naoki SEKITO (JPN) 69 70 72, Donlaphatchai NIYOMCHON (THA) 67 71 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 seven 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.