Chiang Rai - 1999 champion Prom Meesawat stole the show in the third round of the Bt5 million Singha Masters after he fired a bogey free 67 for a stroke lead over young gun Sarit Suwannarut at Santiburi Country Club on Saturday.
The 34-year-old who won the inaugural edition when he was still just an amateur 20 years ago relied on his impressive putts to knock down five birdies and will head into the final round as the lone leader on 12 under-par-204 in the All Thailand Golf Tour event.
“I’ve been happy with my drivers, irons and putts over the last three days,” said Prom from Hua Hin. “You need to be very careful playing on this course which sets up pretty difficult. If you hit to the roughs, you’ll be in big trouble,” added the two-time Asian Tour winner and four-time ATGT winner.
Prom will try to bank on the good memory at this course when he, as a 14-year-old, upset local top players like Prayad Marksaeng, Thongchai Jaidee and Thaworn Wiratchant to lift up the trophy.
“That memory still lingers in my mind. I will try to recall that moment going into the final round and hope to keep up with the good form,” said Prom, looking to end his long drought of title since winning the Yeander Tournament Players Championship in Taiwan in 2014
“In fact I have been coming close in several tournaments recently. But in golf it takes so many factors to win. Besides, the young players are really good these days. Sarit is a big hitter and is talented. He will put up a fight on Sunday,” added Prom.
Sarit, 21 from Bangkok, had four birdies, one eagle and a bogey for a round of 67 and a total 11 under-par-205. In fact he just picked up the golf clubs five days ahead of the tournament after taking a three-week break due to a cut on his left little toe.
“I tried to move an old closet and its door fell on my little toe. I couldn’t practise for three weeks,” said the one-time ATGT winner in the 2016 Singha Pattaya Open.
“So I really have no expectations coming here. Being among the lead is beyond my expectations. It will be tough to win this tournaments as only star players have won so far,” Sarit said.
South Korean Dongkyu Jang, with a 68, was at third on 10 under-par-206.
Co-halfway leaders Udorn Duangdecha shot an even par to follow two strokes behind on 208 while Sattaya Supupramai stumbled to a 76 which saw slip to joint 12th on 212.