Poom Saksansin in action during the third round of the Asian Tour Queen's Cup meet in Thailand on Saturday. - AFP
KOH SAMUI: A happy-go-lucky Poom Saksansin of Thailand stayed one shot clear of a fast-charging Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh after the third round of the Queen’s Cup.
The 21-year-old Thai Asian Tour rookie dropped his first bogey of the week at Santiburi Samui Country Club en route to a three-under 68 yesterday to keep his lead for a third straight day at the US$300,000 (RM964,000) event with a 12-under 201.
But it was EurAsia Cup star Siddikur who stole the thunder, firing a stunning 64 as he moved into contention for a third Tour victory. Two-time Order of Merit champion Thaworn Wiratchant (67) is equal third with countryman Donlaphatchai Niyomchon (71) and Korea’s Baek Seuk-hun (71), five off the pace on 206.
Qualifying School graduate Poom dropped his first shot of the tournament at the par three fifth hole but showed poise beyond his young age to sink four birdies to remain poised for victory here.
“I feel happy. I felt quite the same as yesterday. I have my uncle, Piatya caddying for me and I’m able to talk to him. He said just ‘play the game, don’t look at the leaderboard… and just hit your shot,’” laughed Poom, who helped Thailand claim the team gold medal at the Myanmar SEA Games last year.
After starting the day with six straight pars, Siddikur hit seven birdies from the remaining 12 holes to narrow his five-shot deficit on Poom to just one.
“It was really a great round. I’m really happy, especially with my putting which I got back. My hitting was excellent too. Overall it was very good.
“This is one of my favourite places in Asia so I’m confident and looking forward to tomorrow,” enthused Siddikur, who needed only 25 putts in his round.
Current Order of Merit leader Anirban Lahiri carded a 70 for tied 20th place on 213.