Moe Makes a Move at the Black Mountain Masters

Sat 18 Dec 2010

Moe Makes a Move at the Black Mountain Masters

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Hua Hin, Thailand, December 18: Veteran Zaw Moe of Myanmar kept alive his hopes of retaining his Asian Tour card by shooting a flawless five-under-par 67 in the third round of the US$600,000 Black Mountain Masters on Saturday.



Moe, who has been struggling with injuries in the past years, is determined to build on his three-day total of seven-under-par 209 and make a dramatic break into the top-61 of the Order of Merit where he currently lies in 73rd position.



He made a spirited start with four birdies and made seven consecutive pars after the turn. He added a pivotal birdie on the 17th hole to put him six strokes behind leader Piya Swangarunporn of Thailand.



“I played very good on the front nine but struggled a bit on the back. I tried to keep my ball in play and aimed for par and was lucky to sink a birdie on the 17th hole which was very important,” said the Moe.



Moe knows he has to be on top of his game to meet his goal of finishing in the top-five, which will bump him up the Order of Merit and give him his first top-10 on the Asian Tour since 2007.



“I’ve had a lot of chances to get a good result and save my Tour card but I didn’t. Now, I have another chance so I hope to make amends. It is never too late. I have to shoot at least a 68 tomorrow which will give me a strong chance of finishing in the top five. That’s my goal,” said Moe, whose lone Asian Tour win was in 1997.



Korean Mo Joong-kyung continued his rich vein of form by shooting a 70 for a 209 total to lie in tied ninth place. The two-time Asian Tour champion was no where near the safety zone on the Order of Merit since October but sparked a late charge in the year where he made three consecutive cuts to push his rankings to 63rd position on the Order of Merit.



He knows a top-10 finish will more or less secure his Tour card for next season. “I’m happy to be playing well and also happy to be close enough to be in the top-61 of the Order of Merit. To be honest, I wasn’t really expecting to be in the top-61 this year but it is good that I have a chance now.”



“But if I do keep my Asian Tour card, I’m definitely going to be playing more here next year,” said Mo, whose last Asian Tour victory was in Thailand in 2008.



Chinese Taipei’s Lin Wen-hong, who is 62nd on the Order of Merit, slipped to tied 52nd place following a 76 and is faced with the prospect of losing his Tour card next season.



“There are many players behind me who can surpass me so I’m in a very dangerous position. I’m going to try and play my best. Hopefully I can get enough money to move up the Order of Merit,” said Lin, the younger brother of five-time Asian Tour champion Wen-tang.



Ends.



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