PETALING JAYA: Pijit Petchkasem of Thailand takes a two-stroke lead going into the final round of the PGM Terengganu Championship, the 12th leg on the Asian Development Tour (ADT).
The Thai picked up five birdies and a bogey to card a four-under 67 in the third round on Saturday. His nearest challenger, Micah Shin of the United States shot a two-under 69 at the RM200,000 event held at the Resorts World Kijal.
Malaysia’s Shaaban Hussin recorded the day’s lowest score of a five-under 66 to share third place with another Thai, Pavit Tangkamolprasert.
Pijit, a two time top-10 finisher in the ADT this season, is targeting his maiden win.
“Like yesterday, my short game was good. I am satisfied with my performance from the start of the season until today. I’m definitely confident of winning tomorrow,” said the 27-year-old Thai.
“I’ll just play my usual game tomorrow and not give myself any unnecessary pressure.
“I will enjoy the game and we’ll see how it goes,” added Pijit.
Shin, who has been playing in the ADT since turning professional last year, admitted he is feeling the pressure playing against the older and more experienced players.
The 17-year-old is in contention for an ADT title for the first time where he made two halfway cuts in four starts this season.
“Honestly, I feel pressured because there are many good and experienced golfers out here. Nevertheless, I do hope to win on the ADT as it will put me closer to playing on the Asian Tour,” said the Korean-American.
The winner will pocket US$10,500 (RM33,122) plus six world golf ranking points.