Amateur Khai Jei leads after third round at Orna
The country’s top-ranked amateur player Low Khai Jei fired an impressive six-under 66 to take the outright lead of the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour’s Orna Closed Championship in Melaka today.
The 19-year-old, who already has a tie for third on the Tour, yet says he is in no hurry to turn pro, moved to 11-under 205 after the third round at Orna Golf & Country Club.
Leaving seasoned pros in his wake, Khai Jei admitted that he was “a bit nervous” about leading the RM180,000 event with a day to go. “I haven’t been in a situation like this before (in a pro tournament) so I am a bit nervous,” he said. “But I will try to just play my normal game and see what happens.”
Khai Jei’s six-under round came courtesy of an even-par first nine, followed by a birdie blitz over the homeward stretch, during which he was flawless and strung together five straight birdies from Holes 10-14, before adding another at the 17th hole.
Khai Jei’s effort left him three shots clear of overnight leader Nicholas Fung, with whom he will play in the last group , alongside Khor Kheng Hwai.Fung carded a one-under 71 that had him on 208 in second spot, while Khor had a 70 for a 209 total in third place. Wilson Choo (69) was fourth on six-under 210.
Mohd Amli signed for the low round of the tournament so far, when he came home with an eight-under 64. That outstanding performance, which would have been a new course had it not been for preferred lies, propelled him to five-under 211 and joint fifth place with Ben Leong (71). “That’s how it happens some day – everything you go for goes in. It was an enjoyable experience and I’ll try to do more of the same ,” added Amli, who said he turned pro in 2010.
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