Nam­chok pow­ers ahead in Karachi

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Nam­chok Tan­tipokhakul is in a prime form to win his maiden Asian Tour ti­tle af­ter card­ing a five-un­der-par 67 to go one shot clear of the field at the UMA CNS Open Golf Cham­pi­onship yes­ter­day.

Af­ter a luke­warm start, the 31-year-old Nam­chok turned on the af­ter­burn­ers on his in­ward nine as he made an ea­gle at the 11th fol­lowed by three con­sec­u­tive birdies be­fore sign­ing for a 12-un­der-par 204 to­tal at the Karachi Golf Club.

Com­pa­triot Jakraphan Prem­sirig­orn is in lone sec­ond place af­ter sign­ing for a 68. He traded five birdies against a lone bo­gey on the chal­leng­ing par-four ninth. The Qual­i­fy­ing School grad­u­ate feels that he has fully re­cov­ered from a wrist in­jury that has in­hib­ited his progress this year and he’ll be aim­ing to win this US$300,000 event.

Like Nam­chok, Ti­rawat Kaewsiriban­dit of Thai­land seized his chances on his back nine. He made four con­sec­u­tive birdies from holes 11 to 14 which el­e­vated his con­fi­dence im­mensely. He made an­other birdie on 18th and even­tu­ally carded a 67 to fin­ish the day in third place.

Pawin Ing­hapra­dit and Su­ra­dit Yongcharoen­chai carded 71 and 72 re­spec­tively to grab a share of fourth place, con­sol­i­dat­ing Thai­land’s dom­i­nance at the UMA CNS Open Golf Cham­pi­onship. Set­tee Prakongvech (69) and Pak­istan’s Mo­hamed Mu­nir (72) are a shot fur­ther be­hind in tied-sixth.

“The high­lights of my round hap­pened on my back nine for sure. On 11th, I drove to the left of the fair­way fol­lowed by a lucky hy­brid shot that landed within a few feet of the hole. On the 12th and 13th, I sunk birdies from quite a dis­tance on the green. Fi­nally on 14th, I hit a nice ap­proach and putted in from about three to four feet­said,” said Nam­chok.

“For sure, get­ting those good holes in felt re­ally good. I’m go­ing to play us­ing the same strat­egy to­mor­row as it has worked for me so far, which is to fo­cus on find­ing the greens. I have con­tin­ued to miss the fair­ways in the third round, but if I can find the greens then it’ll be al­right.”

SCORES AF­TER ROUND THREE

204-Nam­chok Tan­tipokhakul (THA) 67-70-67.

205-Jakraphan Prem­sirig­orn (THA) 69-68-68.

207-Ti­rawat Kaewsiriban­dit (THA) 71-69-67.

209-Pawin Ingkhapra­dit (THA) 68-70-71, Su­ra­dit Yongcharoen­chai (THA) 69-68-72.

210-Set­tee Prakongvech (THA) 72-69-69, Mo­hamed Mu­nir (PAK) 69-69-72.

211-Mo­hamed Naeem (PAK) 7172-68, James Ryan Lam (PHI) 6873-70, Sut­ti­jet Kooratanapisan (THA) 71-70-70, Sid­dikur Rah­man (BAN) 71-70-70, Mitchell Slo­rach (SIN) 72-69-70.

(AFP)

Thai­land’s Nam­chok Tan­tipokhakul plays a shot in the Asian Tour’s UMA CNS Open Cham­pi­onship in Karachi yes­ter­day.

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