Phuket - Despite just recovering from sickness, Thai young gun Suradit Yongcharoenchai shot a brilliant 64 to trail South Korean leader Joohyun Kim by a stroke after the third round of the Bt2 million Singha Laguna Phuet Open (co-sanctioned by Asian Development Tour and All Thailand Golf Tour) on Saturday.
The two-time All Thailand Golf Tour winner who had been bothered by a cold since Tuesday sprinkled his round with five birdies plus an eagle on the 14th hole before stumbling to an ending bogey to sign off on 12 under-par-198 at the par 70 6,566 yard Laguna Phuket Golf course.
“I hit the shots close the pins several times on the back nine but I didn’t read the lie well,” said the 20-year-old rising star from Nakhon Pathom who just recovered from a cold.
“I was feeling sick before but the condition is getting better now. I finally have some strengths to hit the shots and create better results,” added Suradit who won back-to-back ATGT titles in Hua Hin and Lumphun in 2017.
For almost two years that the big-hitter Thai has never lifted up a title since the Lumphun Championship at the Gassan Legacy Club in August 2017. He now has his eyes firmly fixed on winning his third title and especially his maiden on the ADT.
“Now that I’m among the leaders, I start thinking about winning but I still have to play my game first and enjoy good golf out there. You need to hit good approach shots on this course and make your putts on the greens,” said Suradit, hoping his experience will give him an edge over the 16-year-old Kim.
The South Korean, the midway leader, bounced back from a bogey on the second hole to shoot four birdies for a third round 67. He will head into the final round with a stoke lead on 13 under-par-197.
“I struggled at the front nine but I recovered really well. I told myself to be patient on the front nine. On the back nine, I gave myself more opportunities to make birdies,” said the teenager in his first time leading on the ADT.
“I will try to hit more fairways and the greens tomorrow. At this course, if you miss the fairways, the roughs will be difficult. I have to be patient, try my best and hope things will go my way,” Kim said.
A stoke behind at lone third was Danny Marsin of Indonesia who shot a 67 for a total 199. Chinnarat Phadunsil and 2017 ADT No 1 player Pannakorn Uthaipas were at joint fourth along with Hein Sithu of Myanmar and Janne Kaske of Finland, each with 199.