QUEEN'S CUP-KOH SAMUI-THAILAND-Wisut Artjanawat of Thailand pictured on 19-20, June, 2010 during the  the Queen's Cup, Samui Golf Tournament at the Santiburi Samui Country Club, Koh Samui, Thailand. Picture by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour.

Wisut Artjanawat stays in the lead of the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship. ASIAN TOURpic

WISUT ARTJANAWAT struck a second successive seven-under-par 65 to retain his lead at the RM200,000 PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship at Harvard Golf & Country Club in Sungai Petani, Kedah today.

The 32-year-old from Bangkok had an incredible nine birdies in his third round on a course that he has described as being “easy” for him. And were it not for two bogeys at the 14th and 15th holes, that round would have been among the best ever on the PGM Tour.

He was left on 17-under-par 199 after the third round with one to go and a comfortable two-stroke lead ahead of Malaysia’s Nicholas Pua, who shot a 65 of his own, to move to 201 for the tournament.

In third place, and tied on 203, were first round leader Malcolm Kokocinski of Sweden (65), Malaysian R. Nachimuthu (65) and Chan Shih Chang (67) of Chinese Taipei.

Nils Floren, also of Sweden, shot a 69 that gave him sixth place on 205, while Zurie Harun, another of the Malaysians showing good form, had a 70 for a 207 total and seventh spot.

S. Sivachandhran (70) was also flying the local flag high at Harvard and was joint eighth on eight-under 208 with Lee Yi Cheng (72) of Taipei.

Speaking after his heroics, which matched his second round 65 that gave him the lead, Wisut said he played according to his game plan, which was to keep the ball in the fairway and minimize his mistakes.

“I played well again today and hopefully I can do it again tomorrow. The course is okay and I’m enjoying my game,” he said.

The Thai is certainly enjoying his game and will take some stopping tomorrow.



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