Three share Samui lead
Thai veteran Thaworn Wiratchant dropped four shots over his last five holes in a rare lapse that allowed three rivals into a share of the third-round lead in the Queen's Cup at Koh Samui on Saturday.
- Published: 16/06/2012 at 11:08 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
Thaworn was four shots ahead on another blustery day at Santiburi Samui Country Club before his game unraveled with some misjudged tee-shots for a one-over 72 and a three-day total of four-under-par 209. Unheralded Thai Varut Chomchalam, 23, produced a superb 66 to charge into the joint lead after starting the day six back, while Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman rammed in a 7 foot birdie putt at the closing hole for a 71.
Philippine teenager Miguel Tabuena, who has held a share of the lead since day one, overcame a double-bogey and two bogeys with three birdies to ensure he has a chance of becoming the fourth-youngest winner on the Tour.
At the end, Thaworn, who is chasing a record-equalizing 13th Asian Tour victory, was kicking himself for losing his grip on the US$300,000 Queen’s Cup, the 11th leg of this season’s Asian Tour.
“I only have myself to blame,” said the 45-year-old, who won at Santiburi Samui in 2008 and was runner-up two years ago. “I didn’t play well on the last three holes, couldn’t tee-off well and when you get into bushes or jungle, it is not good.”
Taiwan’s Chan Shih-chang had his best round of the tournament, shooting a two-under 69 after carding a 72 in the first round and a 74 on the second, to sit in a three-way tie for 19th at two-over 215.
Compatriot Hsu Chia-jen, whose first two rounds were the exact same as Chan, shot one-under 70 for a total of 216. Meanwhile, Lu Tze-shyan rounded out the Taiwanese contingent left in the tournament with a three-over 74 to sit at eight-over 221.
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