Hua Hin - Australia’s Zach Murray edged closer to another dream start in his early professional career by carding a four-under-par 67 to head into the weekend rounds in prime position together with Thailand’s Poom Pattaropong at the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage on Friday.
The 21-year-old Australian turned professional only last month and is already enjoying an early boost to his fledgling career as he leads the field with his three-day total of 14-under-par 199 at the Lakeview Resort and Golf Club.
China’s Xiao Bowen, who was among the leading 140 players and ties to progress after the first two rounds, remained firmly in control of regaining his playing rights on the Asian Tour when he returned with a 66 to take fifth place.
Having made to make the early exit at Qualifying School earlier this year, American Jeremy Wendelken will get another shot of securing his Tour card as he heads into the next round in a share of seventh place with his 203 total.
A further cut for the final round will be made after the fourth round where only the leading 70 players and ties will feature on Sunday.
At the conclusion of 90 holes, the leading 35 players and ties will be ranked accordingly for the 2019 season.
Leading scores after round 3 of the The Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage 2019 being played at the par 71, 6888 Yards A&B course (am - denotes amateur):
199 - Zach MURRAY (AUS) 68-64-67, Poom PATTAROPONG (THA) 67-64-68.
200 - Tomoharu OTSUKI (JPN) 69-65-66, Christoffer BAUMANN (SWE) 64-68-68.
201 - XIAO Bowen (CHN) 64-71-66.
202 - Austen TRUSLOW (USA) 67-66-69.
203 - Ben GEYER (USA) 68-68-67, Jeremy WENDELKEN (USA) 67-66-70.
204 - Kisang LEE (KOR) 72-70-62, Gunn CHAROENKUL (THA) 69-68-67, Jeff BERKSHIRE (USA) 70-67-67, Kade MCBRIDE (AUS) 70-69-65, Itthipat BURANATANYARAT (THA) 67-67-70, Clyde MONDILLA (PHI) 71-68-65, Mikumu HORIKAWA (JPN) 72-68-64, Jobim CARLOS (PHI) 68-66-70, Sean KELLY (USA) 65-69-70, Dale BRANDT-RICHARDS (AUS) 72-68-64.