Benefiting from a superb back nine, local hope Kanyalak Preedasuttijit fired a 66 for a four-shot lead after the third round of the US$300,000 Ladies European Thailand Championship at the Pheonix Gold Golf and Country Club in Chon Buri on Saturday.
Teeing off a stroke behind overnight co-leaders Lynn Carlsson of Sweden and Pauline Del Rosario of the Philippines, Kanyalak traded two birdies with two bogeys on the front nine before coming back with spectacular putting that rewarded her with four birdies and an eagle on the 13th hole.
The 20-year-old Thai leads on 12 under-par-204, followed by “Dutch Bomber” Anne Van Dam, who had a 71 for a total of eight under-par-208.
“I played better than in the first two rounds as I hit the fairways more. My putts never let me down as usual,” said the Chonburi-based who spent a week training at the course ahead of the tournament.
She is now vying for her biggest win after two career victories a Thai LPGA title and a China LPGA title last year.
“I really want to win for my parents as I came close several times this year,” she added. “This is a big and a home tournament. I will stick to my game plan as usual, which is to enjoy the golf game. As long as you are happy with what you are doing, you are bound to come up with good results.”
Van Dam will try to rely on her big-hitting game to make up lost ground but will need to end a long winless streaking stretching back two years.
Nakhon Ratchasima-born Chonlada Chayanan is another Thai contender after furing a 68 for a total 209 to be tied for third with South Korea amateur Selin Hyun (69) and Swede Carlsson (72).
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