Thongchai stages fightback #HSBCChampions

Sat 07 Nov 2015

Thongchai stages fightback #HSBCChampions

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Shanghai, November 7: Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee made his move at Asia’s richest tournament by carding a third round six-under-par 66 at the US$8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions on Saturday.
The three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner trails clubhouse leader Kevin Kisner by six shots with his three-day total of 10-under-par 206 at the Sheshan International Golf Club.
Overnight leader Kisner saw his two-shot lead reduced to one with compatriot Dustin Johnson, China’s Li Hao-tong and Scotland’s Russell Knox all piling the pressure at 15-under. Knox will return to finish his round on Sunday morning as play was suspended due to fading light.
“I’m very happy with my result today. I played great today and managed to hit 14 greens. The greens were softer and it was not very windy. All these conditions really helped with my low score today,” said Thongchai.
As part of the elite 78-man field, Thongchai knows the importance of producing his ‘A’ game as any error on the final day will be costly.
“It’s a very strong field this week and the plan is to hit a lot of fairways and greens. Everyone is a good player and it’s important not to make any silly mistakes. I just need to have a good sleep tonight and come back all fresh and ready,” said Thongchai.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat meanwhile mixed his colourful card with one eagle, two bogeys, a double-bogey and four birdies for another 70 to languish in tied-25th place.
The two-time Asian Tour winner conceded he might have left himself with a huge mountain to climb and would focus on wrapping up the week with a performance that would boost his world rankings.
“I’ve been signing for an under-par score every day but maybe it’s still not good enough to win this week especially with all the top players here. I’m looking forward to a really low round tomorrow so that I can continue my jump up the world rankings,” said the world number 41.
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