Fung and Siddikur hold advantage #WorldClassic

Sat 14 Nov 2015

Fung and Siddikur hold advantage #WorldClassic

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Singapore, November 14: Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung and Bangladesh’s Siddikur Rahman shared the third round honours as they continued their mastery at the inaugural World Classic Championship at Laguna National on Saturday.
Nicholas Fung of Malaysia Nicholas Fung of Malaysia
Fung carded a two-under-par 70 while Siddikur broke par for the first time with a 69 to stay two shots ahead of the chasing pack with their three-day total of two-under-par 211 at the Laguna National Golf and Country Club.
India’s Chikka S continued his push for his maiden win on the Asian Tour by signing for a 67 to share third place with Thailand’s Danthai Boonma and Berry Henson of the United States at the US$750,000 Asian Tour event.
Fung is ready for a final day showdown in Singapore having endured a difficult season where his best result was a tied-42nd finish in Chinese Taipei.
With a good opportunity to stake his place in the winner’s circle this week, the Malaysian knows that a cautious approach on the demanding World Classic course will be vital.
“Tomorrow, I’ll try to play like how I have been playing these few days. I will remind myself not to be greedy and get aggressive out there tomorrow.
“I will try to keep my ball in play and tell myself not to make anything worse than a bogey when I hit a bad shot,” said Fung.
Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh
Siddikur, who came close to lifting his third Asian Tour title in India last week, has another chance at glory again at the World Classic Championship.
After rounds of 71 and 71, the Bangladeshi’s patience was finally rewarded when he returned with a red number on his card.
“Honestly, I really enjoyed my round today. I gave myself very good chances out there. I managed to grab those chances and came back with a low score. I am really happy with how I played today.
“This is not an easy course. You have to be patient. It will be the same tomorrow. We are all tired and I think the player who has the strongest stamina and a good mental game will have the chance to win tomorrow,” said Siddikur.
Chikka also has another opportunity to redeem himself, having fought his way into contention but ran out of steam in India last week.
Chikka S of India Chikka S of India
The Asian Development Tour winner posted his best score of 67 following rounds of 76 and 70 and believes he can be counted as another likely contender for the World Classic Championship.
“My scores have been improving everyday which is great. I’m confident with my game and I’ve been playing well. I didn’t putt well on the first day and even yesterday, the putts were not falling in but I made sure I hit a lot of greens to shoot a one-under in the second round.
“I played good last week too but I just didn’t manage to hang in there on the last few holes. I know my game is in shape and I am very confident with how things are going,” said the Indian.
Leading scores after round 3 of the World Classic Championship being played at the par 71, 6935 Yards Laguna National GcC course (am - denotes amateur):
211 - Siddikur RAHMAN (BAN) 71-71-69, Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 74-67-70.
213 - Chikka S. (IND) 76-70-67, Danthai BOONMA (THA) 72-69-72, Berry HENSON (USA) 70-70-73.
214 - Chapchai NIRAT (THA) 76-69-69, Paul PETERSON (USA) 71-73-70, Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL (THA) 71-69-74.
215 - Danny CHIA (MAS) 73-72-70, Jyoti RANDHAWA (IND) 79-68-68, Panuphol PITTAYARAT (THA) 72-73-70, Jeunghun WANG (KOR) 69-75-71, Akinori TANI (JPN) 74-74-67, Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 69-74-72.
216 - Jbe KRUGER (RSA) 72-74-70, Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 73-73-70, Terry PILKADARIS (AUS) 74-71-71, Josh YOUNGER (AUS) 73-71-72, Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA) 71-71-74, Scott BARR (AUS) 69-71-76.
217 - Khalin JOSHI (IND) 73-74-70, Charlie WI (KOR) 71-73-73, Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) 74-69-74, Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 70-73-74, Shaun NORRIS (RSA) 71-71-75.
218 - Soomin LEE (KOR) 75-71-72, Peter EROFEJEFF (FIN) 75-72-71, Niall TURNER (IRL) 73-72-73, George GANDRANATA (INA) 74-71-73, Steve LEWTON (ENG) 75-74-69.
219 - Lionel WEBER (FRA) 75-71-73, Bongsub KIM (KOR) 76-71-72, Natipong SRITHONG (THA) 69-75-75, Shiv KAPUR (IND) 72-72-75, Antonio LASCUNA (PHI) 75-73-71, Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 76-68-75, Rashid KHAN (IND) 75-69-75, Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 71-71-77.
Ends.
About Laguna National Golf & Country Club
A prominent golf club in the local and regional golf scene since its inauguration in 1993, Laguna National is one of Singapore’s premier golf and country clubs, boasting two eighteen-hole championship courses that have won prestigious accolades and hosted international championships including the European Tour’s Singapore Masters, Korean LPGA-ADT Caps Tour Championship and European and Asian Tour co-sanctioned event, The Championship at Laguna National.
A multi-million dollar facelift is underway to develop a state-of-the-art union of a world-class golf club and a 208-room and villa branded hotel with full facilities including a spa, a driving range, a fitness centre, as well as Member-exclusive areas with private locker rooms, Members’ lounges and country club facilities.
Strategically located in proximity to the airport, beach, malls and with a multimillion private clubhouse and hotel underway, golfers will find the world at their fingertips, here at Laguna National Golf & Country Club.
About The World Classic Course
Designed and built by Dye Designs, World Classic—touted as Asia’s Toughest Test, draws inspiration from many of the world's best known holes and course designs. Golfers will inevitably find themselves facing similar shots to those played on the famous links courses of the British Isles, or the championship layouts found along coastal North America. The course is rated 165 on the Slope Rating System and 76.9 from the championship tees at a yardage of 7,350.
This course offers different challenges every time out requiring golfers to exhibit carefully planned club selection and determine if the risk/ reward is right for their game that day. Thoughtfully placed tee shots set up highly challenging approach angles to generous greens, which often feature three or more tiers. Where you hit your ball on the World Classic greens is just as important as how far you hit your tee shot.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.