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Published: Friday January 10, 2014 MYT 9:41:00 PM
Updated: Friday January 10, 2014 MYT 9:46:10 PM

Pavit and Gandranata share third round lead in Jakarta

Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert shares the lead with Indonesia's George Gandranata after the third round of the Jakarta Invitational at the Jababeka Golf and Country Club on Friday. - Asian Tour pic

Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert shares the lead with Indonesia's George Gandranata after the third round of the Jakarta Invitational at the Jababeka Golf and Country Club on Friday. - Asian Tour pic

PETALING JAYA: Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert was quick to pounce on Indonesian George Gandranata’s first bogey of the tournament and share the lead in the third round of the inaugural US$60,000 (RM200,000) Jakarta Invitational at the Jababeka Golf and Country Club in Jakarta.

The 24-year-old Pavit carded a one-under 70 on Friday to pull level with Gandranata, who shot at 71 in the third round, on eight-under 205 in the season finale for the 2013 Asian Development Tour (ADT) schedule.

They hold a three-shot lead over Japan’s Mitsuhiko Hashizume and England’s Grant Jackson, who carded 67 and 70 respectively.

Jackson, who is fifth on the ADT Order of Merit, must win this week to break into the top four on the final Merit list and earn his 2014 Asian Tour card.

“My driving was good but I didn’t perform well with my irons. I’m very excited about tomorrow. I will definitely try my best ... we’ll see how it goes,” said Pavit, who had four birdies and three bogeys.

Gandranata, who has been consistent since leading the first round, is still in prime position to win his first ADT title despite his first bogey of this tournament.

“I made a lot of good putts to save par. My ball striking wasn’t the best and the pin positions made it harder for me. I’m just going to play one shot at a time and not focus too much on winning. I’m looking forward to playing with Pavit tomorrow,” said the 27-year-old Gandranata. 

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