Golf: Rattanon shrugs off nerves to keep up lead at S’pore Worldwide

Golf: Rattanon shrugs off nerves to keep up lead at S’pore Worldwide

SINGAPORE – After a shaky begin to the third spherical of the Singapore Worldwide on Saturday (Jan 15), Thailand’s Rattanon Wannasrichan overcame nerves to keep up his lead within the US$1 million (S$1.35 million) competitors on four-under 212.
Whereas the 26-year-old had cruised to a six-under 66 on the Tanah Merah Nation Membership the day earlier than, issues weren’t easy crusing for him on Saturday.
He bogeyed thrice within the opening 11 holes, however salvaged the spherical with two birdies to return a one-over 73, which was sufficient to see him stay on the prime of the leaderboard going into the ultimate day of the competitors.

The Thai now sits two strokes forward of second-placed Kim Joo-hyung from South Korea and three in entrance of India’s Chikkarangappa S., giving him an honest shot at capturing his second Asian Tour title
Rattanon, who gained the 2017 Thailand Open, mentioned: “I used to be actually nervous to start with, however I calmed myself down by singing a Thai music in my thoughts and by speaking to my caddie.
“As I hold saying, the course is so laborious, everybody seems like that. However it’s a good expertise for me. I simply need to take it shot by shot tomorrow.”

Whereas Rattanon struggled to search out his type on Saturday, Kim fired a three-under 69, the joint-lowest spherical of the day.

The 19-year-old credited his good efficiency this time to the additional observe he had the day earlier than, after he carded a 73 within the second spherical.
Kim, who’s third on the Asian Tour’s Order of Benefit, mentioned: “While you tee off within the morning, you wish to return to the lodge room and take a break, however I felt like I wanted to do some work and it undoubtedly paid off.
“Hopefully I am going to get some work in at this time and play nicely tomorrow.”

The 2019 Panasonic Open winner added that staying affected person was additionally key to serving to him hit a low rating on Saturday, saying: “I have been affected person all week. That entrance 9, I felt like I may have gone out just a bit bit higher.
“However for some purpose that again 9 I felt energised, I felt actually affected person, I felt like I used to be going to essentially rating nicely.”
Final yr’s Order of Benefit champion Jazz Janewattananond carded a 76 and is joint tenth, eight strokes behind Rattanon.
Wade Ormsby, the present chief of the Benefit checklist, additionally shot a 76 and is tied-Nineteenth.
Singapore’s Koh Deng Shan is tied-14th on a five-over 221 complete after he shot a 71 on Saturday.

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