Chang in charge #YeangderHeritage

Sat 29 Apr 2017

Chang in charge #YeangderHeritage

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Miaoli, Chinese Taipei, April 29: Yikeun Chang of Korea charged into contention for a first Asian Tour victory after shooting a third round four-under-par 68 at the inaugural Yeangder Heritage on Saturday.
The 23-year-old, who won the Qualifying School last year, birdied two in his opening three holes before adding another two birdies to seize the lead on 10-under-par 206 at the National Golf Country Club.
Gavin Green of Malaysia poses for a picture Gavin Green of Malaysia poses for a picture
Chang holds a one-shot edge over Malaysian rising star Gavin Green, who was also bogey-free in his round of 66 at the US$300,000 Asian Tour event.
Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines fired his career’s first albatross with a six-iron on the par-five 13th hole for a 66 to share third place with Shiv Kapur of India (67) and Thailand’s Poom Saksansin (67), Rattanon Wannasrichan (68), Natipong Srithong (70) and Danthai Boonma (70).
Chang, who was the co-overnight leader, was delighted to hold on to his lead as players continue to breath down his neck after taking advantage of the ideal scoring conditions.
The 23-year-old Green, also hunting for a first Asian Tour title, birdied all the par-fives to stay within striking distance of Chang. The young Malaysian came close to winning the Hero Indian Open last month before settling for second place, his best result so far on the Asian Tour.
Did you know?

  • Chang birdied holes one, three, seven and 16. He was disappointed to miss his birdie putt on the par-five 13th hole after reaching the green in two shots. He had an eagle chance from 30 feet but over-hit his putt and was left with a 27 feet putt which he sank in two attempts.

  • This is the first time Chang was bogey-free this week. He struggled in the opening round with an even-par 72 but bounced back brilliantly in his last 36 holes where he is 10-under.

  • He birdied the par-five seventh hole for the third consecutive day.

  • Chang won the Qualifying School last year but lost his Tour card after missing nine cuts in 13 appearances. He regained his card by finishing tied eighth at the Qualifying School earlier this year.

  • For the first time this week, Green birdied all four of the par fives. It was also the first time he returned without any bogeys.

  • Before turning professional in 2015, Green enjoyed an illustrious amateur career where he was ranked 12th on the world amateur rankings. He is now the highest ranked Malaysian on the Official World Golf Ranking in 236th place.

  • Before today, Tabuena had never shot an albatross. He used a six-iron from 188 yards and the ball landed 15 feet from the green before rolling into the hole.

  • His albatross is the 22nd on the Asian Tour and the first ever in an Asian Tour event staged in Chinese Taipei.

  • Also in contention is Poom Saksansin, who returns from a back injury after winning in Indonesia last year in October. The Thai did not play golf for about three months to recover and lost 10 kilograms. He said he is now 76 kilograms after avoiding ‘delicious’ food and running.

"How did I lose weight? I don’t eat “delicious” food and run a lot." - Poom Saksansin

Players’ Quotes:
Yikeun Chang (Kor) – Third Round 68 (-4), Total 206 (-10)
My goal was to avoid the mistakes because it was playing easier than the last couple of days because the wind wasn’t blowing as strong. I was trying to play my ball to the middle of the green and give myself a chance for a two-putt par.
I was looking at the leaderboard out there and I knew some players would go low. There are four par fives that you can reach in two shots. If you can score there, you will already be four-under.
I’m leading now so I’ll stick to the same game plan and try to go low. If I’m lucky, I will be holding that trophy. It would mean a lot of I can win tomorrow. I haven’t won anything since turning professional except the Qualifying School last year. It will be less stressful because you keep your card and you get to play in many more tournaments. I’ll try harder tomorrow.YANGON_MYANMAR_280117_MIGUEL_TABEUNA_107
I was frustrated I didn’t birdie hole 13. I three putted that hole. I had a 30-footer putt and my second putt was from 27 feet! There was a ridge and I hit my first putt way too hard and it kept going down.
Gavin Green (Mas) – Third Round 66 (-6), Total 207 (-9)
I hit it pretty solid and gave myself a lot of birdie looks. I made some mistakes but covered up well. I putted solid and had looks for eagles on two par fives. It was solid all around.
Yeah, my putts didn’t drop the first two days and the conditions were easier today. You know where the wind was coming from today and that helped. I’ve been striking the ball well so hopefully I can keep it up.
I knew it was going to be a driver everywhere when I saw the weather! I knew I was going to be more aggressive. I started off with a birdie which is always nice. I was really comfortable and calm.
It is going to be a good final round. This is far from over. There are so many good players still in the hunt. Anybody can shoot a low round and just haul themselves up into contention because of the calm weather.
It is going to be a scoring final round. It is important that I remind myself that not everything is going to drop. I have to give myself as many looks as I can and if everything drops, there’s a 59 but if it doesn’t, hopefully I’ll get a score in the 60s.
Shiv Kapur (Ind) – Third Round 67 (-5), Total 208 (-8)
It is nice to be in contention after all that I went through last year. Lying on the hospital bed you think about putting yourself back into contention. It is nice to be back, feeling fit and seeing my name on the leaderboard.
I had liver abscess and had to go for surgery. I was out for three months (since September, 2016) and came back a little sooner than I should have. I was pushing my body really hard but now I finally feel that things are back to normal. I’m just glad to be back and playing golf.
110217_MMC_Shiv Kapur (IND) 04That’s why we play golf. You want to be competitive. It has been a frustrating last couple of years, losing my card in Europe and falling sick after that. It has been testing times for me. Let’s hope that tomorrow is a good day as well.
It was a pleasant surprise to see the good weather today! I don’t think I got the best end of the draw in the first two days but I knew you had to make birdies as the scoring was really good. I think it will be the same on Sunday and it will be a birdie fest. I have to make sure the putter stays hot.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi) – Third Round 66 (-6), Total 208 (-8)
I hit my career’s first albatross and it came when I needed it most. I was happy with the way I was playing especially on the first nine holes where I was two-under.
I told myself that you can’t shoot any higher than three or four-under or I won’t have a decent chance. I hit a terrible shot on the par three 11th hole with my six-iron and was left in the bunker. I birdied the next hole.
On my albatross hole, I hit a good drive and had a six iron for my second shot (188 yards to the pin). I told myself that this ball was going to bounce like crazy and it did. It bounced to about 15-feet of the hole and rolled in. I thought it went over but I heard people clapping and shouting. That put me in contention but I didn’t want it to affect me. I didn’t want to be too excited.
I did not know how to react when the ball went in actually. I saw players hitting that shot on the PGA Tour and it is funny how they react sometimes but I didn’t know how to react because it is my first time.
It is actually funny because I had the same shot and club in the pro-am which I eagled. So I told myself this can’t be too far off and it went in the hole which is better.
It was super calm today. I told myself three or four-under should be my worst round today. I’m happy I did better.
Poom Saksansin (Tha) – Third Round 67 (-5), Total 208 (-8)
I hit my irons very good. I kept driving the ball on the fairway and didn’t have any bogeys on the card because of the good weather. I injured my back and I stopped playing for quite a while. I needed sometime before I can play good golf again.
I hurt my back because I practised with driver too much! I rested for about two to three months without playing any golf. I got injured in October. I had to lose weight as well because the doctor said I can avoid getting injured again if I lose weight. Before my injury, I was about 87 kilograms and now I’m 76 kilograms. How did I lose weight? I don’t eat “delicious” food and run a lot.
Scores after round 3 of the Yeangder Heritage being played at the par 72, 7014 Yards National GcC course (am - denotes amateur):
206 - Yikeun CHANG (KOR) 72-66-68.
207 - Gavin GREEN (MAS) 71-70-66.
208 - Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 72-70-66, Poom SAKSANSIN (THA) 72-69-67, Shiv KAPUR (IND) 71-70-67, Rattanon WANNASRICHAN (THA) 70-70-68, Danthai BOONMA (THA) 69-69-70, Natipong SRITHONG (THA) 71-67-70.
209 - Jake HIGGINBOTTOM (AUS) 68-73-68, Javi COLOMO (ESP) 72-67-70.
210 - Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 74-69-67, Chawalit PLAPHOL (THA) 70-72-68, Keith HORNE (RSA) 72-68-70.
211 - Jarin TODD (USA) 71-72-68, Scott VINCENT (ZIM) 77-69-65, Micah Lauren SHIN (USA) 70-71-70, John CATLIN (USA) 72-68-71.
212 - Himmat RAI (IND) 76-67-69, Brett MUNSON (USA) 74-68-70.
213 - HSU Hao-sheng (TPE) 77-68-68, Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 75-69-69, Chanachok DEJPIRATANAMONGKOL (THA) 73-71-69, Terry PILKADARIS (AUS) 70-73-70.
214 - Danny CHIA (MAS) 72-71-71, Rory HIE (INA) 73-70-71, LU Chien-soon (TPE) 75-71-68, Michael TRAN (VNM) 74-72-68.
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