ADT: Panuwat makes move at PGM Labuan Championship

Labuan, Malaysia, September 29: Thailand’s Panuwat Muenlek posted the day’s lowest score of five-under-par 67 to move to the top of the leaderboard, sharing the third round lead with Malaysia’s Shariffuddin Ariffin and Blake Snyder at the PGM Labuan Championship on Friday.

Singapore’s Choo Tze Huang also surged into contention following a 73 which placed him just one shot back of the leaders in outright fourth place at the RM200,000 (approximately US$44,600) Asian Development Tour event.

Malaysia’s R. Nachimuthu and South Africa’s Mathiam Keyser posted a 72 and 71 respectively share fifth place at the Labuan International Golf Club.

Starting the day in tied-seventh place, Panuwat quickly fired two birdies in his opening two holes to make his move. He dropped a shot on the fourth hole and parred the next three holes before play was suspended due to heavy rain.

When play resumed, Panuwat marked his card with another birdie on the par-five 10 before cruising home with further birdies on holes 14, 16 and 17 for a three-day total of six-under-par 210.

“I putted really well today. And it was good considering it was raining heavily today. The greens were soft and the course was playing longer.

“I took advantage of my putting which has been excellent and I’m happy to be heading into the final round with a share of the lead,” said Panuwat, who holds three ADT wins.

By featuring on the ADT schedule, the PGM Labuan 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.

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Leading third round scores

210 – Panuwat MUENLEK (THA) 71-72-67, Shariffuddin ARIFFIN (MAS) 73-68-69, Blake SNYDER           (USA) 71-69-70

211 – CHOO Tze Huang (SGP) 71-67-73

212 – Mathiam KEYSER (RSA)  73-68-71, R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 69-71-72

213 – LIU Yan-wei (CHN) 71-73-69, Oskar ARVIDSSON (SWE) 65-70-78

215 – Nitithorn THIPPONG (THA) 70-73-72


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 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.