Sadom steals the show at the Thongchai Jaidee Foundation 2019

Sat 16 Feb 2019

Sadom steals the show at the Thongchai Jaidee Foundation 2019

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Lopburi, Thailand, February 16: Young Thai Sadom Kaewkanjana fired a commendable six-under-par 64 to grab the lead in the third round of the Thongchai Jaidee Foundation 2019 on Saturday.

Chasing for his maiden victory this week, the 20-year-old Thai traded seven birdies against one bogey to lead by five shots on a 12-under-par 198 total at the 13th Military Circle Golf Course, the venue where tournament host Thongchai Jaidee grew up playing on.

Korea’s Soomin Lee struggled to a 71 to share second place with Thailand’s Chinnarat Phadungsil and American Seungjae Maeng who signed for matching 66s at the ฿4million (approximately US$123,000) event.

The in-form Sadom made a fast charge with four birdies in his opening five holes before making the turn in 31. He grabbed birdies on holes 10, 12 and 16 before dropping his first shot of the day on hole 17 for an inward 33.

 “My putting helped me a lot today. I made three birdies in a row from hole three because I was rolling in 15-footers,” said Sadom, who only needed 25 putts.

Coming off a tied-fourth finish on his local circuit last week, Sadom was pleased to carry over the momentum to shoot his personal-best round in only his second ADT tournament since turning professional at the end of last year.

“This will be the first time I am playing in the final group on the final day in an ADT event. Honestly, I will just be following the same game plan. My sister and my parents have been coming out to watch me and I want to do them proud tomorrow,” added the Thai.

The 24-year-old Maeng, who came through Asian Tour Qualifying School this year after finishing in tied-30th, credited his conservative approach off the tee which led him to only miss five greens and surge into contention.

“It was a solid round today where I didn’t make any mistakes. I played really conservative off the tee which worked out well. I was also hitting my irons well especially with my three, four and five-irons so every birdie I had today was inside eight feet,” said the American, who traded five birdies against one bogey.

“Towards the end of last year, I made a few swing changes and from there on I stuck to it. This is my second event of the year and I am confident in how my game is looking. I will just stick to this game plan and see what happens,” said Maeng, who has not had a top-10 finish on the ADT since the Thongchai Jaidee Foundation in 2017 where he finished in tied-sixth.

The Thongchai Jaidee Foundation 2019, jointly-sanctioned by the All Thailand Golf Tour and the ADT, was inaugurated in 2015 with the intention of providing more playing opportunities for the region’s rising stars as well as to draw attention to Thongchai’s charitable foundation.

The leading seven players on the final ADT Order of Merit will earn playing rights on the premier Asian Tour for the 2020 season.

All ADT events offer Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points. The winner will receive six OWGR points while the top six players and ties will also earn points based on a sliding scale.

Leading third round scores:

198 - Sadom Kaewkanjana 67 67 64

203 - Seungjae Maeng 69 68 66, Chinnarat Phadungsil 66 71 66, Soomin Lee 66 66 71

204 - Krittin Sunthornnon 72 68 64

205 - Trevor Simsby 70 69 66, Kazuki Higa 64 67 74

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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.