Malaysia’s Kemarol Baharin climbed into a share of the lead after the third of the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour’s Impian Championship today.
The 29-year-old and a multiple winner on the Tour joined Thailand’s Donlaphatchai Niyomchon at the top of the leaderboard after carding a five-under-par 67, with the latter signing for a 69. The top-two were on 13-under 203 with a day to go.
Another Malaysian, R. Nachimuthu shot the low round of the day and his second successive six-under 66 to move to third, alongside another Thai Sutijet Kooratanapisan, who had a 68. They were a stroke off the lead on 12-under 204,
Donlaphatchai’s brother, Natthapong Niyomchon, followed up his second round 64 with a four-under 68 today and was alone in fifth place on 11-under-par. The Niyomchon brothers from Bangkok jointly led the tournament at the halfway stage.
Thailand’s presence was made notable with Settee Prakongvech sitting in sixth place. He shot a 69 of his own for a 10-under 206 total.
In seventh spot was Malaysia’s Akhmal Tarmizee (69) on nine-under 207, while his compatriots Airil Rizman (68) and Mohd Rizal Amin (69) were tied for eighth place with Thailand’s Pipatpong Naewsuk (69) on seven-under-par 209.
Happy to be still top of the pack, albeit in a share with a different player, Donlaphatchai credited his putting to staying on course for the title in a tournament that carries RM180,000 in prize money and is co-sanctioned with the Asean PGA Tour.
“I putted well and I am still in the running for the title,” said Donlaphatchai. “Hopefully I can go on tomorrow and do the same, if not better, and maybe win it here at Impian.”
Leading Third Round Scores
203 Kemarol Baharin (Mas) 67-69-67, Donlaphatchai Niyomchon (Tha) 69-65-69
204 R Nachimuthu (Mas) 72-66-66, Sutijet Kooratanapisan (Tha) 69-67-68
205 Natthapong Niyomchon (Tha) 73-64-68
206 Settee Prakongvech (Tha) 72-65-69
207 Akhmal Tarmizee (Mas) 69-69-69
209 Airil Rizman (Mas) 68-73-68, Pipatpong Naewsuk (Tha) 71-69-69, Mohd Rizal Amin (Mas) 70-70-69
210 Solomon Emilio Rosidin (Mas) 73-68-69, Nicholas Fung (Mas) 70-69-71
211 Tanatchan Puaktes (Tha) 70-73-68
212 Wisut Artjanawat (Tha) 70-71-71, Smithti Teeratrakul (Tha) 68-69-75, Kim Leun Kwang (Mas) 74-71-67