Kiradech charges ahead in KL
- Published: 26 Oct 2013 at 15.36
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KUALA LUMPUR - Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat has charged into second place ahead of the final round of the $7-million CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in Malaysia.
The fifth-year pro shot a 3-under 69 on Saturday for a three-day total of 205, one behind co-leaders Chris Stroud and Ryan Moore.
Kiradech had three birdies and an eagle but a double bogey on the 14th prevented him from moving to the top of the leaderboard.
A win on Sunday against some of the top stars from the PGA Tour would give Kiradech a place in the Masters Tournament and a host of other invitational events next year.
This year's CIMB Asia Pacific Classic at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club is an official PGA Tour event for the first time. It has attracted 18 players from the world's top 50, including Phil Mickelson.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand tees off on the second hole during the third round of the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) on Saturday. (AFP Photo)
World number three Mickelson, who struggled with his swing in the earlier rounds, finally found some form on Saturday with a 68 to lie five strokes off the lead on 209.
Stroud and Moore both overcame mistakes and bogeys on the back nine on Saturday to take a share of the lead at 12-under 204.
Stroud, who started the day five strokes back, surged into contention after making five birdies on the front nine -- including four in a row -- before hitting into the water on the 12th hole and carding two bogeys.
Moore opened up a three-shot lead on the back nine only to bogey four of five holes to give it right back.
Overnight leader Keegan Bradley looked nothing like the golfer who shot 65 and 66 in the first two rounds hitting a 4-over 76 to fall back to a share of sixth place.
Kiradech, 24, currently is ranked 42nd in the Official World Golf Ranking, up from 77th in June. He won his maiden victory on the European Tour in March this year at the Maybank Malaysian Open, also at the KL Golf and Country Club.