Bogor, Indonesia, November 25: American John Catlin holed a pivotal birdie putt on the last for a four-under-par 67 to lead by two shots in the penultimate round of the Combiphar Golf Invitational on Friday.
Catlin, who started the round with a one-shot deficit, marked his card with five birdies against a lone bogey to sit atop the leaderboard on 12-under-par 201 total at the Gunung Geulis Country Club situated in Bogor city.
His compatriot Sam Cyr posted a solid 65 to share second place with Filipino stalwart Antonio Lascuna, who returned with a second consecutive 68, at the inaugural US$60,000 ADT event, which is the Tour’s second stop in Indonesia this season.
Overnight leader Mitchell Slorach of Singapore slipped to fourth place on 204 following a 71 while Thailand’s Panuwat Muenlek, who is chasing for a third win this season, settled a further shot back in fifth after carding a 68.
“It was a grind but I stayed patient and kept it going out there. The conditions were pretty similar to yesterday. I made a nice breaking putt on 18 from 15 feet to finish with a birdie. That was my highlight today,” said Catlin.
“I will keep everything the same tomorrow. I just need to stay patient,” added the Bangkok-based 26-year-old, who is searching for a maiden win on the secondary circuit, which was launched in 2010 as a gateway to the region’s premier Tour.
Cyr credited his solid drives for giving him a fighting chance to challenge for a maiden win. “I played a really solid round. I hit a lot of good shots and I feel like my game is getting sharper each round. I am very happy about that.”
“I was able to hit it close a few times today. I like the way I am striking the ball. I left myself in good places to be aggressive on my putts as well. I made seven-footers on sixth and 16 and sank a 13-footer on 10,” said the 30-year-old Cyr.
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.
The top-five finishers on the final Order of Merit will secure their Asian Tour cards for 2017.
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Leading third round results:
201 - John CATLIN (USA) 70 64 67
203 - Sam CYR (USA) 70 68 65, Antonio LASCUNA (PHI) 67 68 68
204 - Mitchell SLORACH (SGP) 70 63 71
205 - Panuwat MUENLEK (THA) 68 69 68
206 - Micah Lauren SHIN (USA) 69 67 70
207 - John Michael O’TOOLE (USA) 72 70 65, Suradit YONGCHAROENCHAI (THA) 71 70 66, Tawan PHONGPHUN (THA) 71 69 67
208 - Gavin GREEN (MAS) 73 69 66
209 - Sorachut HANSAPIBAN (THA) 71 67 71, Genki OKADA (JPN) 68 70 71
210 - Brett MUNSON (USA) 72 69 69, Itthipat BURANATANYARAT (THA) 71 70 69, Toni FERRER (ESP) 69 71 70, Atthaphon SRIBOONKAEW (THA) 69 75 66, Arie Irawan (MAS) 70 70 70, Victor OSTERBY (DEN) 68 72 70
Combiphar was established in 1971 as pharmaceutical company. Today, Combiphar has transformed into a consumer healthcare modern company that manufactures and markets nearly 200 high quality and affordable prescription and over-the-counter drugs, such as OBH Combi cough syrup, joint pain reliever gel Joint Fit, green tea-based women cleaning products Privé, INSTO eyedrops, apta+ nutritious milk for adults, and Hezandra, supplements to protect the hepatic function. Equipped with the latest technologies and modern standard operating procedures, the Combiphar production facility located in Padalarang, West Java, has succeeded in acquiring the international certification ISO 14001:2004 for environmental management and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), which makes certain products of Combiphar able to be exported to Australia.
In addition, Combiphar also has its own R&D facility which focused on optimizing the quality of its prescription drugs to ensure that the drugs meet the Bio-Availability, BioEquivalence and Nanotechnology standards. Combiphar won the Super Brand 2015 in the “Consumer Healthcare Products and Service” category for OBH Combi & Insto. Combiphar currently occupies the top two major national pharmaceutical companies position as “Indonesia’s Most Reputable Healthcare Brands 2015” (Onbee Research/SWA, May 2015) in terms of brand equity and customer loyalty. For more information, please visit: www.combiphar.com.
About Asian Development Tour
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.