Sentosa, Singapore, January 20: Thai players Danthai Boonma and Chapchai Nirat currently lead the weather-disrupted SMBC Singapore.
Only six players completed round three, which was suspended due to bad weather.
Danthai finished 15 holes before play was suspended at 6.20pm local time. He fired six birdies against a lone bogey to bring his current total to nine-under-par.
Chapchai, who started round three with a seven-under-par 135 total, brought his score down even further after totaling two-under-par through nine holes.
Seven players are currently tied-third at seven-under par. The group includes Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond and South Africa’s Shaun Norris as well as Ryo Ishikawa.
Jazz was enjoying a bogey-free round before the sirens sounded. He fired four birdies through 17 holes.
Norris made a double bogey on the par-five fourth, but that was offset with three consecutive birdies on holes sixth, seventh and eighth.
Japan’s “Bashful Prince” got off to a great start to his third round with two consecutive birdies on his opening two holes. He bounced back with another birdie after a double bogey on the third. He dropped a shot at the seventh for a total of seven-under-par through nine holes.
62 players will resume round three on Sunday, 7.40am Singapore time.
Did you know:
- Danthai Boonma played in last year’s SMBC Singapore Open. After a decent start, he wasn’t able to shoot another round in the 60s. Danthai eventually finished tied-23rd.
- He enjoyed four top-10 finishes in 2017. Twice in Thailand (Thailand Open and Royal Cup), once in Chinese Taipei (Mercuries Taiwan Masters) and once in Indonesia (Indonesia Open).
- Danthai is ranked fifth on the Asian Tour in 2017 for total number of birdies. He scored 247 last year.
- In his previous SMBC Singapore Open appearance in 2016, Chapchai Nirat finished commendably in tied-eighth. His best-scoring holes were at 10th (birdie-birdie-par-birdie) and 18th (par-birdie-birdie-eagle).
- Jazz Janewattananond lost his Asian Tour at the end of 2016 and missed the mark at Qualifying School in 2017. Although, that didn’t stop him from winning his maiden Asian Tour title at the 2017 Bashundhara Bangladesh Open.
- He credited his victory at the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open to his two-week stint as a monk, which helped develop his mental game.
- Ryo Ishikawa was in a rut in the middle of last year as he missed cuts at six consecutive events from May to July. He bounced back towards the end of the year, highlighted by his tied-second finish at the Casio World Open, a tournament on the Japan Golf Tour.
Danthai Boonma (Tha) – nine-under-par through 15 holes
I played very well today, especially my putting. I’m just going to rest tonight to prepare for the long day. I must be focused and stick to my plan. I’ll just think about my swing, smile and have fun.
Chapchai Nirat (Tha) – nine-under-par through nine holes
I’m still adopting the same approach coming into round three. That is, to use the tournament to experiment and adapt to my swing. I won’t be overthinking about the tournament, just going to enjoy the experience here.
Jazz Janewattananond (Tha) – seven-under-par through 17 holes
I quite satisfied with my round so far and I would say that almost everything went well. My driver’s pretty good. My approach shot is good, as I hit it close a lot. Playing with Poom (Saksansin) was quite inspiring as he was making very good putts today. I’m not distracted by the rain. I like it actually, as I get to rest more.
Shaun Norris (Rsa) – seven-under-par through 10 holes
I hit the ball nicely. But for the fourth hole where I made a double after I made a bad decision on the second shot. But other than that, I’m quite happy with my game. It’s a little distracting with the weather disruptions but at least, for everybody, it’s the same. We just have to accept it and move on.
Scores after round 3 of the SMBC Singapore Open being played at the par 71, 7398 Yards Sentosa GC course (am – denotes amateur):
211 – Shunya TAKEYASU (JPN) 69-71-71, Yoshinori FUJIMOTO (JPN) 68-72-71.
213 – Jesse YAP (am, SIN) 68-72-73.
214 – Thanyakon KHRONGPHA (THA) 70-70-74, Arjun ATWAL (IND) 73-67-74.
217 – Seungtaek LEE (KOR) 74-65-78.
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