Thaworn in Control in Macau

Sun 13 Sep 2009

Thaworn in Control in Macau


Macau, September 13: Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant stayed on course for his 11th Asian Tour title when he grabbed the third round lead after play at the Macau Open ended on Sunday morning.

The 10-time Asian Tour winner charged up the leaderboard on 12-under-par to take a five-shot lead over second placed Lin Wen-hong of Chinese Taipei at the US$500,000 full field Asian Tour event.

Lin posted a 71 for a three-day total of 206 while Frenchman Jean Van De Velde, Angelo Que of Philippines and Australia's Andrew Dodt are a further stroke back on 207.

A total of 15 players returned to the Macau Golf and Country Club to resume round three at 7.00am local time after play was suspended at 6.30pm yesterday due to darkness.

South Africa's Keith Horne, who rushed through his round yesterday in near darkness, took sixth position on 208 while India's rising star Gaganjeet Bhullar and Lam Chih Bing of Singapore took a share of seventh on 209. 

Chinese hopeful Wu Ashun flew his country's flag after closing with a 73 to go into the final round in tied ninth position on 210.

Thaworn continued his rich vein of form from last week's tied 11th finish at the Omega European Masters to fire four birdies against two bogeys to edge him closer to his 11th title on the Asian Tour.

Lin, brother of four-time Asian Tour winner Lin Wen-tang, remained optimistic of securing his maiden title after posting three birdies against two bogeys to stay within sights of his career breakthrough on the Asian Tour.


"Playing in the rain and wind again today and getting an even-par score is something which I'm happy. I'm looking forward to finishing off my round strongly tomorrow," said Lin.

Meanwhile Van De Velde started with an early birdie on the second hole before committing a costly triple bogey on the par-four five. He recovered with a birdie on the seventh before reaching the turn in 36.

"There was a big mistake from me on the fifth hole as we arrived at the hole and it was raining very heavily. But it was still a good solid round and I putted very well so that kept me going. I have three more holes to go tomorrow morning and if the leader doesn't go lower, I think I have a shot at the title," said the Frenchman.

Lam carded two birdies against one bogey as darkness fell to battle into contention for his second win on the Asian Tour.

"Since I finished my round, it gives me more time to rest and that will be a slight advantage for me. I just have to hole more putts and concentrate on my game and do my best to give myself a chance," said Lam winner of the Volvo Masters of Asia last season.


Leading third round scores

201 - Thaworn Wiratchant (THA) 67-68-66

206 - Lin Wen-hong (TPE) 68-67-71

207 - Angelo Que (PHI) 68-68-71, Jean Van De Velde (FRA) 70-67-70, Andrew Dodt (AUS) 67-67-73

208 - Keith Horne (RSA) 67-71-70

209 - Gaganjeet Bhullar (IND) 71-69-69, Lam Chih Bing (SIN) 70-69-70

210 - Gavin Flint (AUS) 68-72-70, Wu Ashun (CHN) 69-68-73

211 - Taichiro Kiyota (JPN) 70-71-70, Artemio Murakami (PHI) 73-69-69, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA) 69-73-69, Zhang Lian-wei (CHN) 73-68-70, Tetsuji Hiratsuka (JPN) 70-70-71, Lin Wen-tang (TPE) 68-71-72, Marcus Both (AUS) 71-73-67, Li Chao (CHN) 69-68-74

212 - Gary Simpson (AUS) 75-67-70, Rafael Ponce (ECU) 73-69-70


About the Macau Open
The Macau Open is celebrating its 12th anniversary this year. Supported by the Macau Sports Development Board, the tournament will be staged at the Macau Golf and Country Club from September 10-13. Former champions include Lee Westwood and Simon Dyson of England, Colin Montgomerie of Scotland, Kane Webber of Australia, two-time winner Zhang Lian Wei of China and last year's winner David Gleeson of Australia. The US$500,000 Macau Open is the 15th leg of this season's Asian Tour Schedule with Srixon (Official Ball) and Holiday Inn (Official Hotel) as its sponsors. The Asian Tour is the official regional sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia.


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 ESPN Star Sports (Official Regional TV Broadcaster), Pin High (Official Apparel Partner), Ricoh (Official Office Solutions Provider) and Srixon (Official Ball). Sentosa, Singapore's premier island resort getaway, is the Home of the Asian Tour.