ADT: Nachimuthu holds firm to lead at PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters

Sat 05 Oct 2013

ADT: Nachimuthu holds firm to lead at PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters

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Kuching, Malaysia, October 5: R. Nachimuthu of Malaysia was rock steady when he carded a third round two-under-par 70 to retain his lead at the PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters on Saturday.
Nachimuthu, winner of the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour's Order of Merit in 2011, compiled a three-day total of 11-under-par 205 for a one-shot advantage over Thailand’s Jakraphan Premsirigorn, who returned with a 70, at the RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
Local favourite Nicholas Fung signed for a 71 to take third place on 207 while Filipino Rufino Bayron, brother of the reigning ADT Order of Merit winner Jay Bayron, surged into contention with a bogey-free 68 for fourth at the Sarawak Golf Club.
Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert and S. Murthy of Malaysia took a share of fifth place after signing for rounds of 67 and 68 respectively.
Nachimuthu, who returned this morning to complete his second round, mixed his card with four birdies against two bogeys. He is hopeful that he can continue to capitalise on his lead and turn it into victory on Sunday.
“I missed some putts today but overall, I’m happy with how I played. I’m reading the greens better now. I just hope to stay focused on my game and hopefully win tomorrow,” said the 42-year-old as he put himself in prime position for a maiden win on the ADT, which is the feeder circuit to the premier Asian Tour.
Jakraphan, who suffered a one-stroke penalty for slow play on the 14th, is determined to mount a big charge when he returns for the final round tomorrow.
“I guess I was really unlucky today to get penalised for slow play but that didn’t really affect my game. I’m feeling very excited with the final round. I just hope to have fun and enjoy myself tomorrow,” said the 21-year-old, who has notched three top-10 finishes on the ADT this season.
Fung, who is currently third on the ADT Order of Merit, was disappointed with his putting but hopes to turn his game around when he enters the final round of the PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters.
“It’s just not my day. I played well but I just couldn’t make my putts. The course seems to get tougher and tougher for me each day. I just want to play my own game and not care about anything else. I will need to play well tomorrow to win the tournament,” said the 23-year-old Fung.
With only three more events to play on the ADT before the season ends, players will have everything to play for as they vie to finish in the top three on the Order of Merit which will earn them playing rights on the elite Asian Tour in 2014.
All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points, which will be used to determine the field for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters, 13th leg on the ADT this season, is co-sanctioned by the Asian Development Tour and the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM Tour).
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading third round scores:
205 – R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 65-70-70
206 – Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORN (THA) 69-67-70
207 – Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 66-70-71
208 – Rufino BAYRON (PHI) 73-67-68
209 – Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 73-69-67, S. Murthy (MAS) 72-69-68
210 – Faridil ATRAS (MAS) 71-71-68, Darren TAN (AUS) 71-70-69, Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN) 70-70-70, Charles HONG (PHI) 73-67-70, Adam BLYTH (AUS) 72-67-71, Hans JAMIL (MAS) 67-70-73
Ends.
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 three 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.