Thaworn Makes Move

Sat 12 Sep 2009

Thaworn Makes Move

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Macau, September 12: Thailand?s Thaworn Wiratchant stayed on course for his 11th Asian Tour title when he held the third round lead after play at the Macau Open was suspended due to darkness on Saturday.
The 10-time Asian Tour winner charged up the leaderboard on 10-under-par through 14 holes to take a three-shot lead over second placed Lin Wen-hong of Chinese Taipei at the weather disrupted US$500,000 full field Asian Tour event.
Lin is currently on seven-under-par after 14 holes while Frenchman Jean Van De Velde is a further shot back. South Africa?s Keith Horne posted a 70 to complete his round in fourth position on 208 when play was suspended at 6.30pm local time.
A lighting storm in the early morning forced two hour-long suspensions, which means a total of 15 players will return to complete their rounds at 7.00am local time on Sunday.
Chinese hopeful Wu Ashun also remained in the title hunt after lying on four-under-par through16 holes. Singapore?s Lam Chih Bing returned with a one-under-par 70 to stay in touch of the leaders in tied-sixth place on four-under-par 209 total
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 rushed through the third round in near darkness, carding two birdies against one bogey to remain in 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
(Note: Scores reflect current position of players after third-round play was suspended)
1. Thaworn Wiratchant (THA)                -10 Thru 14
2. LIN Wen-hong (TPE)                        -7 Thru  14
3. Jean Van De Velde (FRA)                 -6 Thru  15
4. Keith Horne (RSA)                            -5 Thru  18
4. Andrew Dodt DODT (AUS)            -5 Thru  14
6. Gaganjeet Bhullar (IND)                -4 Thru  18
6. Lam Chih Bing (SIN)                        -4 Thru  18
6. Wu Ashun (CHN)                            -4 Thru  16
9. Gavin Flint (AUS)                 -3 Thru  18
9. Li Chao (CHN)                                -3 Thru  16
9. Angelo Que (PHI)                            -3 Thru  15
Completed third round scores
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
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
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.