PETALING JAYA: Malaysian golfer Kemarol Baharin took a one-stroke lead going into the final day of the PGM Tour’s RM200,000 I&P Tournament of Champions at Templer Park Country Club in Rawang.
The overnight leader shot a third round three-over 75 on Wednesday for a 211 total and a mere one-shot advantage over England’s Grant Jackson.
The Englishman fired a two-under 69 and moved into second place in the tournament, which is only for winners of last year’s PGM Tour.
R. Nachimuthu kept alive his title bid with an even-par 72 that left him two strokes off the top, alongside first round leader Sukree Othman, who carded a 74. They were joint third on 213, while Airil Rizman (70) and Shaaban Hussin (72) were another three shots back on 217, tied for fifth.
Jackson, who was pleased with his third round performance, is looking forward to the final round on Thursday and hopeful of a winning start to the season.
The Englishman won the Maybank Johor Masters early last year and has put himself in a decent position to land his second PGM Tour crown after the third round.
“My short game really helped me out a lot. I haven’t sunk any real big putts yet, mostly because the greens are difficult to read, but I was able to get up-and-down rather well in tough situations.
“Indeed, I chipped in twice today and that really helped,” he said.
Kemarol was disappointed with his 75 but has not lost hope of finishing at the top of the leaderboard on Thursday to make it a second title on the Tour, following his maiden success at the Kelantan Classic in 2011.
“I found the course difficult to play today – more than the first two days. But I am still looking forward to the final round, where I hope to hold on to my lead and wrap it up,” said Kemarol.