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Fung opens up three-stroke lead at Kinrara
Nicholas Fung opened up a three-stroke lead after the third round of the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour’s RM180,000 I&P Group Closed Championship at Kinrara Golf Club in Puchong today.
The two-time PGM Player of the Year carded a four-under 66 to move to 10-under 200 for the tournament, with a day to go in the season opener.
Wilson Choo Zhe Ming shot a second successive 66 for his seven-under 203 and second place, while Kenneth De Silva also signed for a four-under round. He was joint third on 205, alongside Lim Eng Seng, who had an even-par 70.
On a day of good and low scoring, M. Sasidaran (67), Kemarol Baharin (69) and Sukree Othman (71) were tied for fifth another stroke back on four-under-par, while S. Siva Chandhran (68) and Muhammad Alwarith Damian (73) were joint eighth on 208.
Choo, who won in Langkawi last season for his first Asian Development Tour co-sanctioned PGM event, said he was “happy” with how things were going for him and that he would endeavour to continue with the same form in the fourth and final round .
With an eagle-three at the par-5 10th hole highlighting his effort today, Choo said: “I’m not trying to do anything fancy.
“Keeping the ball in play is the prior and I have been able to do that most of the time,” he added. “Obviously every shot on every hole cannot be perfect but I am trying to play percentage golf which seems to be working out so far.
“My putting has been the key even if I missed a few that maybe should have dropped,” said Choo.
De Silva also said that his putting was on song and that it counted a lot for him going low today.
“Yesterday I started with a triple-bogey and that held me back quite a bit,” said De Silva, who also opened his campaign with a 66 on the first day. “But today it was a bit different and I sunk some good putts that really helped.”
The fourth round will be followed by the PGM launching their 2015 Year Book.
Leading Third Round Scores
200 -10 Nicholas Fung 65-69-66
203 -7 Wilson Choo Zhe Ming 71-66-66
205 -5 Kenneth De Silva 66-73-66, Lim Eng Seng 68-67- 70
206 -4 M. Sasidaran 69-70-67, Kemarol Baharin 69-68-69, Sukree Othman 65-70-71
208 -2 S. Siva Chandhran 67-73-68, Muhammad Alwarith Damian 66-69-73
210 E Lam Yu Shuen 70-69-71
211 +1 Hans Jamil 73-70-68, S. Murthy 70-67-74, Iylia Jamil 70-73-
68, Kim Leun Kwang 67-72-72
212 +2 R. Nachimuthu 71-71-70, Mohd Zur'ie Harun 67-75-70, Airil Rizman Zahari 72-68-72, -Shaaban Hussin 72-68-72