Sabah, Malaysia, September 22: American John Michael O’Toole fired a two-under-par 70 to extend his lead by six shots in the third round of the PGM EurAsia Sabah Championship on Friday.
He traded three birdies against as many bogeys through 14 holes but late birdies on 15 and 17 handed him a commanding lead at the Sabah Golf and Country Club.
Thailand’s Nattawat Suvajanakorn sits in second place following a 71 while American duo James Bowen (70) and Paul Harris (71) are a further two shots back in third place at the RM200,000 (approx. US$44,600)
With a total of 13-under-par 203, O’Toole has led for three rounds and is now a step closer towards winning his second ADT title.
The American stayed true to his game plan and remained patient despite struggling to judge the speed of the greens.
“I was playing well and it was good to make a couple of late birdies to extend my lead. I stayed patient today even though I didn’t get anything going. But I’m still in a good position. I’ve been in good positions in some tournaments but I haven’t really finished on top.
“What I learnt from those experiences is to stay patient and not get ahead of yourself. I love being under the gun and performing when it matters most. Hopefully from past experience I’ll be able to handle the pressure tomorrow,” said O’Toole.
The PGM EurAsia Sabah Championship was founded through the cooperation between the Asian Tour, European Tour and PGM Tour in organising the EurAsia Cup, a team match-play event between Asia and Europe.
By featuring on the ADT schedule, the PGM EurAsia Sabah Championship will 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.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading third round scores:
203 – John Michael O’TOOLE (USA) 66 67 70
209 – Nattawat SUVAJANAKORN (THA) 69 69 71
211 – James BOWEN (USA) 71 70 70, Paul HARRIS (USA) 69 71 71
214 – Josh SALAH (USA) 72 73 69, John CATLIN (USA) 73 69 72
215 – Blake SNYDER (USA) 74 70 71, Panuwat MUENLEK (THA) 71 71 73
216 – Amir NAZRIN (MAS) 71 74 71, Natthapong NIYOMCHON (THA) 70 74 72, HSIEH Chi-hsien (TWN) 74 74 68
217 – R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 73 74 70
218 – Mitchell SLORACH (SGP) 74 73 71, Arie Irawan (MAS) 75 76 67, Quincy QUEK (SGP) 72 74 72
About the 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.