• CHAN Shih-chang-9
  • Kazuki HIGA-7
  • Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT-7
  • Shohei HASEGAWA-7
  • Wang Wei-lun-7

Pavit takes charge with sparkling 62 at Betagro Championship

Sat 26 May 2018

Pavit takes charge with sparkling 62 at Betagro Championship

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Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, May 26: Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert fired a blistering 10-under-par 62 for his best score this year as he seized the third round lead at the Betagro Championship on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Pavit, who was out of action for four weeks due to a wrist injury, put himself in commanding position to win his sixth Asian Development Tour (ADT) title at the ฿3,000,000 (approx. US$96,000) event.

He leads by three shots on 16-under-par 200 over compatriots Thitiphun Chuayprakong (69), Charng-Tai Sudsom (67) and Tawan Phongphun (67) at Suwan Golf and Country Club. Singapore’s Johnson Poh moved up an impressive 22 spots after shooting a 65 to share fifth place with Nattawat Suvajanakorn (67) who is playing on his home course this week.

Pavit started the penultimate round five shots behind the overnight leader Jazz Janewattananond, but an imperious first nine highlighted by six birdies followed by two birdies and an eagle on his homeward nine, put him well ahead of the chasing pack.

“I hit everything good today. My swing is sound and I knew from the past two rounds that I just needed to get my putts rolling if I want to go low. Hole 18 was a great hole for me because my drive ended up in trouble on the left and I was blocked by the trees. I had to aim right of the green and it ended up plucked in the bunker. But I made an up-and-down from there to finish strongly,” said Pavit who only totalled 25 putts.

Pavit, who won the ADT Order of Merit in 2014, currently holds the shared record for most number of ADT wins. After graduating from the ADT, he broke through in style on the Asian Tour when he edged India’s Anirban Lahiri in a playoff to win the Venetian Macao Open in 2016.

“It’s my first tournament back since my wrist injury. I couldn’t even lift my club before since it was so swollen and I was bored at home when I couldn’t play. So, I took it as an opportunity to work out and I gained a little bit of distance. Coming back and being able to play with my friends is great and I feel confident in my swing this week,” added Pavit.

Compatriot Thitiphun is also making a competitive return after a wrist injury kept him out of the game for eight months. He took advantage of his solid short game to mix his card with five birdies against two bogeys to stay in contention.

“I didn’t play very well today honestly. I was struggling with my driver and irons but thankfully my short game helped. I made six up-and-downs that kept me in this position. I am happy to be in contention after being away from golf for so long and I am looking forward to putting up a fight tomorrow,” said the Thai.

Thailand’s Jazz, who was leading in the first two rounds of the tournament, dropped to tied- seventh place following a 72 alongside defending champion Tirawat Kaewsiribandit who carded a 65.

The Betagro Championship, which is jointly sanctioned by the All Thailand Golf Tour and the ADT, is the ninth leg of the ADT’s 2018 schedule.

The leading five 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.

Ends.

Leading round three scores:

200 - Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 71 67 62

203 - Charng-Tai SUDSOM (THA) 67 69 67, Tawan PHONGPHUN (THA) 70 66 67, Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA) 69 65 69

204 - Johnson POH (SGP) 70 69 65, Nattawat SUVAJANAKORN (THA) 67 70 67

205 - Sarit SUWANNARUT (THA) 69 70 66, Tirawat KAEWSIRIBANDIT (THA) 72 68 65, Javier GALLEGOS (ESP) 69 69 67, Natipong SRITHONG (THA) 68 72 65, Chapchai NIRAT (THA) 69 67 69, Sattaya SUPUPRAMAI (THA) 70 66 69, Sadom KAEWKANJANA (A) (THA) 69 66 70, Hein SITHU (MYN) 69 66 70, Jaturon DUANGPHAICHOOM (THA) 67 67 71, Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 65 68 72

207 - Settee PRAKONGVECH (THA) 70 68 69, Jesse YAP (SGP) 72 69 66, Kevin LEE (KOR) 71 65 71, Miguel CARBALLO (ARG) 65 69 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.